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How has Porsche made the 918 Spyder so efficient?
To make this possible even under lab conditions has surely got to be a hell of task. So as well as having the two motors - one on the front axle, one assisting the rear - Porsche is building the 918 as a plug-in hybrid, meaning you can pre-charge the battery pack before you set off.
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I am an old bloke now, and I have had a lifetime's interest in cars like any other bloke.
I was expecting to have a Hover Scooter and a Moon Holiday by the time we reached 2000AD, but no luck. Disappointing as this was, here we have an unexpected bit of substantial technical advance, IF it is as efficient as they claim it to be.
Again I say IF.
As a Technical Designer myself it comes as no surprise to me how INEFFICIENT current vehicle technology is, but to get 94MPG from a 770 HP engine is nothing short of astonishing.
I think I will hold off judgement until things get clearer but if these are facts, well done Porsche.
Hybrid propulsion makes sense as one of the alternatives to the status quo. Congratulations to Porsche and others. It already features in many diesel-electric vehicles, from trains to ferries. The ultimate solution will, however, be a sole method of propulsion, whether fuel cell or other.
The suddenly acquired ability of car manufacturers to develop and harness electric power from accumulated energy ('batteries') is probably more of a reflection of impending regulation and shortage of fossil fuel. But, something has to generate THAT electricity. At the moment, largely fossil fuel burning power stations are the wholesalers. The fundamental generation of usable energy from economic and, if possible, renewable sources is key. A few wind farms are not going to do it, but, are we ignoring our friendly local star's vast capacity to donate energy? THIS is the technology that we will ALL need in time.
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