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Old 01-15-2013, 06:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If there were identical versions of this car, the only difference being no hybrid components, I would say under limited, ideal conditions a very dedicated driver could probably beat the hybrid car.

A typical driver wouldn't come close to beating the hybrid though.

Most of my driving is with assist/regen disabled. But there are always times you're going to have to brake, and it's better to recapture some of that energy so you can spend it later - strategically - to save fuel.

EG: one drive I do regularly in the summer, I only capture energy for the majority of the trip - I don't use assist at all when the car might otherwise want to. The battery is then as full as possible when I get to a long, steep hill near the end, and that's when I "spend" the captured energy to minimize the fuel economy hit of climbing.

Regen is a wonderful thing.
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