Posts tagged: plug-in hybrid
Subaru is built on all-wheel drive, boxer engines and a Northwest popularity that could probably get a Forrester elected to public office. Subie lovers should find it concerning the Japanese automaker has yet to dabble in the wave of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles making their way to market. Until now, that is. The Viziv concept, revealed at the 2013 Geneva Auto show, is a definite sign the Japanese automaker is preparing to shake up their DNA.
According to my abacus, with its 2.6-gallon fuel tank Volkswagen’s XL1 concept has a theoretical range of 700 miles. If Volkswagen’s mileage claim proves to be true the plug-in electric diesel could make it from Seattle to the middle of Montana without stopping for gas. Impressive as that may seem VW is remaining skeptical as to whether or not they’ll sell many of the silver bullets.
Wondering how automakers are going to meet federal mandates that nearly double fuel economy standards by 2025? According to a comprehensive list released by Edmunds.com, the oracle of automotive information, we can expect to see at least 43 new hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric vehicles, diesels and fuel-cell electric vehicles between now and the 2015 model year.
The chronological list reads like the beginnings to a science-fiction novel. At the beginning there’s a plug-in hybrid Cadillac. By 2015 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV’s) begin to appear from Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes and Nissan. The moral of the story is we can expect a bum-rush of futurist rides in the very near future. As Edmunds puts it:
“Even if you think you're not really interested in new technologies for improved fuel efficiency, it's likely that a car or truck with some type of electric drive or alternative fuel will wind up on your consideration list the next time you shop for a new vehicle.”
Welcome to the world of tomorrow!