Again with the cars, I know, but I really do think that this may be the missing link from hybrid to electric (or even hydrogen). As I see it, we are already starting to miss the boat on hybrids. They really are not drastically more efficient than gasoline-only, at least on the vehicles that companies have chosen to apply the technology. And with rumors of fully electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to be made affordably available to consumers within 5-10 years, hybrids are looking less and less eco-sexy.
Until I saw this. The Saab 9-3 BioPower Hybrid Convertible. A mouthful. And potentially a car-full. This would be the world's first fossil-free Hybrid Vehicle, utilizing pure bioethanol with zero fossil CO2 emissions. And far from a sleeper pumping out 260 bhp and three times the torque with the E100 fuel and electric motors. And all-wheel drive for improved traction, so you can ditch your worthless SUV. But most appealing to we urbanites is the fuel saving 'Zero Mode' for city driving on electric power only for speeds under 30 mph.
I believe that this vehicle, or hopefully one of the many iterations of it's technology, will carry us into the next generation of oil-free vehicles. Building such a car may begin to atone for GM's horrendous past and unsightly present (ahem, Hummer). Go ahead and let them know
if you think they can do better. I definitely will.
Labels: bioethanol, BioPower, Electric, Hybrid, Saab