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Getting all of these components - not least the two entirely separate drivetrain systems - to work together in harmony is certainly taxing the collective Porsche brain (to paraphrase Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG, Wolfgang Hatz).
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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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