[An older story, but still quite relevant considering how little we’ve progressed in fuel efficiency.]
“Look at what we’re doing!”, says GM, Daimler/Benz, and BMW
The big boys are making nice-nice and pooling their smarts and monies together to develop foundation systems for future vehicles. But, about these vehicles: GM and Chrysler/Daimler-Benz just don’t get the point about conservation, fuel efficiency, being responsible corporate citizens helping to reduce greenhouse gases and the effects of global warming.
“We believe that our two-mode hybrid is the best of the hybrid systems,” Truckenbrodt said. “I think all three of us can say it’s truly amazing what you can get out of if you bring wild, dedicated engineers together.”
They’re so wild and thinking outside the box, huh? Wow, hybrid SUVs getting high 20/low 30s MPG – what innovation! Howz ’bout giving people an alternative to the huge death machines rolling down the road?
DaimlerChrysler plans to use the new hybrid system in its 2008 Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle.
Ah-hemm… Durango?!? Really? This is our answer to the U.S. scaling back and becoming more fuel efficient?
GM will use the hybrid in versions of the Tahoe and Yukon SUVs it plans to make available at the end of 2007.
Again, these are huge beasts! Have you ever seen one of these muthas roll on top of a compact car?
BMW has not committed to a timetable for using the new engine system, but has said that it will make vehicles available with the upcoming hybrid engine system over the next three to five years.
BMW will kick both of GM and Chrysler/Daimler-Benz’ ass with a high performance and efficient vehicle.