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Old 01-06-2018, 10:43 AM   #91 (permalink)
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Old 01-06-2018, 05:05 PM   #92 (permalink)
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This week I noticed BMW installed a quick-charging point at a gas station on the way to my stepmother's apartment. Roughly 10 years ago, nobody would expect it to happen by now. BTW it at least looks to be that standard plug that might be suitable to electrics and plug-in hybrids from other manufacturers.
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Who could have ever even dreamed that the top-of-range version of the F-150 would rely on a V6 instead of a V8? Which seems even more of a dramatic move due to Ford's role in popularizing the V8 engine layout in the U.S.A.
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Yes, the engine downsizing shift has really accelerated in the last 5 years or so.
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Old 01-08-2018, 12:03 PM   #96 (permalink)
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I can't believe pickups haven't gone hybrid already. They stand to benefit the most from hybrid technology when used in stop and go situations, which is what the majority of the commuter trucks are used for. It would be very easy to downsize the engine if the truck is backed up with an electric motor.

If I were an auto manufacturer, I'd throw the smallest battery that qualifies for the full federal tax credit. Somewhere around 16 kWh I believe. Put a 4 cylinder engine in the thing and let the electric motors do the heavy lifting of acceleration and hill climbing, and save the brakes with regen. The traction battery could also double as a generator for running tools if it actually gets used for work.
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I can't believe pickups haven't gone hybrid already.
Some years ago, Chevy was selling the Silverado in Ecuador only as a hybrid, due to local benefits for all hybrids which made them cheaper than a non-hybrid counterpart. When the Ecuadorean gov't restricted that benefit only to hybrids up to 1.8L around 2012, hybrids lost its competitive advantage in regard to purchase cost.


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The traction battery could also double as a generator for running tools if it actually gets used for work.
Even if it wouldn't be used for actual work, that could be useful as a power supply for the household during weather-related power shortages like happened in Florida during Hurricane Irma. But anyway, for specialty equipments that are currently activated through PTOs mounted either in the transmission or to the crankshaft, resorting to electric power would make sense.

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