Originally Posted by TomKat
CHanging my company car next year and am very tempted by hybrids due to low tax. Most can't tow so would have to tow using my wife's car, a vw polo sdi! Question is would it tow my boat? It is a 4.8m rib on an unbraked trailer, no idea how heavy it is so any advice most appreciated. Not sure if I can stomach a hybrid but would save me £6000 or so over the 4 years I will have the car.
Anyone else running one? Looking at Ampere or DS5 hybrid.
I appreciate the tax incentive but otherwise i just dont understand Hybrid's....
At the end of the day it will always take a certain, definate amount of energy to move a vehicle. Whether that energy comes from burning fossil fuels or electricty, it will amount to the same. If you run on electricity then the energy dispensed will need to be recuperated so when the battery dies, the petrol/diesel engine will not only be powering the drive wheels but will also be having to re-charge the batteries representing an extra load on the engine. If you plug it in to charge at home then your local (probably fossil fuel burning) power station is having to put the energy back into the cells.
Sorry, i know this is off topic but it annoys me how the marketing departments of major car manufacturers (and the govt) try to sell this crap to the public.
Incidentally, doesnt the Ampera only manage around 70miles on battery power alone?