Thursday, July 12, 2007

Bye-bye hybrid?

I have never bought into the hype around hybrid cars: why pay more for less performance and no appreciable fuel savings? Well as this article suggests, the sheen is well and truly off hybrids:
  • ...hybrids are expensive to own, don't deliver on advertised fuel consumption and are about as exciting to drive as a Kenmore side-by-side. Yet hybrid fans can absolve their vehicles of all these sins by self-righteously claiming ownership of the low emissions crown, right?
Well it turns out if low emissions and low fuel consumption are your goals, diesel is the way to go, as most of Europe already knows. And with diesel you can still get a car that is half way enjoyable to drive. Lot less hype, lot more consumer acceptance.