Future Hybrid Cars
Future hybrid cars consist of science, science that has not been
realized yet and science fiction. For instance let's talk about
the future hybrid cars in science fiction to get these out of
the way first.
Whether we are talking Jetsons or Mad Max (or another car half
powered by one fuel and half powered by Mel Gibson's rage), these
are the future hybrid cars that only appear on TV or in the movies.
Now, let's move on to the more realistic future hybrid cars. It
only makes sense that the future of hybrids is moving in the direction
of plug-ins since this gives the most bang for the buck. Plug-in
hybrids are here now.
Some of the plug-in hybrid cars that are out now or will be shortly
include the VentureOne, Fisker Karma and Chevy Volt. Future hybrid
cars due out in the next year or so include the GM Plug-in Crossover
SUV, the Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid, the Volvo V70 Plug-in Hybrid
and the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid which are all slated to hit
The Cadillac Converj and Mitsubishi PX-MiEV are now concept plug-in
cars that may turn into future hybrid cars depending upon the success
of the earlier plug-ins and marketing data to support rolling out
Now, why are future plug-in hybrid cars not going to stop here?
Because although they are low emission vehicles they are not zero
emission vehicles. So, right now hydrogen fuel cell cars are being
developed. Most of the fuel cell vehicle prototypes today (or limited
production lease vehicles) are also hybrid vehicles.
A few of the hydrogen prototype vehicles have also been developed
as plug-in hybrids as well such including the Ford Flexible Series
Edge SUV with HySeries Drive and the Ford Airstream Concept. This
gives the best of both worlds including high MPGe's (miles per gallon
equivalent) plus zero emissions.
If you fuel up and charge up your future plug-in hybrid car using
solar, wind, or another renewable energy source then you have zero
emissions, well to wheel. The hydrogen fuel would come from electrolyzing
water and the cars' batteries may also be charged directly from
renewable energy source.
Some people will ask why not charge the batteries directly and
skip the hydrogen stage. This is because at present a hydrogen car
can travel 300-plus miles and refuel in 5 minutes, whereas a battery
electric car can travel 100 - 200 miles and charge in 5 hours.
In the distance future, this may change, but for the next 20 years
the hybrid future cars will all be plug-ins. The distance future
may have a range of different vehicles normalized and mainstreamed.
Such future cars may run on alternative fuels such as ammonia,
boron, hythane, methane or microwave extraction. Some other future
hybrid cars could run on a combination of cold fusion, electromagnetic
energy, magnets, gravity, anti-gravity, brown's gas, fusion and
/ or solar energy.
The distant future is wide open for these kinds of vehicles to
be developed. With peak oil and global warming as incentives,
the desire and demand for such vehicles will most likely spur
on carmakers to produce such vehicles that will be much closer
to reality much sooner than we can now imagine.
Written by Kevin Lepton