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Old 08-04-2010, 06:23 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Daox View Post
I think BAS would work (better) if you downsized your engine. Thats the main benefit of hybridization. Without EV mode or regenerative braking, whats the benefit other than faster acceleration? The engine is already oversize in every car out there for highway cruising.
It's easier to EOC when restarting is instant. Earlier upshifting. Accelerating and hill climbing can be done in a higher gear. Starting off from zero RPM is possible. Drive-throughs are no longer verboten, and crawling through traffic no longer requires burning up the clutch. The presence of 36V or more means DC/DC instead of alternator, and perhaps another small motor to drive the compressor/PS pump without loading the engine (or indeed even needing to run the engine to get A/C.)

I agree that regen is a good idea, though.

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