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Re: [T3] Hybrids

<x-flowed>JamesM=> hybrids, meanwhile, add highly toxic battery technology to the
=> problem, which will require some disposal mechanism in a few years.

I know that in Japan, at least, the government is mandating that manufacturers phase in total recycling of their products. So I expect that the Japanese carmakers are either working hard on recycling batteries or are already there.

I agree with others here that it's a dynamic system, and if this first modern generation of cars not running exclusively on internal combustion does well, it will add support to the drive for new battery technology, which is the key to the whole enchilada.

=> An ex-girlfriend had a Renault 5 in 1981 that would get 45mpg...

And I have a '59 BMW 600 that gets 55mpg with four passengers. But let's face it, many times carmakers have run good, economical ideas up on the rocks of the US market. It's probably smart strategy to keep the changes relatively small and target the new stuff at affluent first-adopters to help recoup R&D costs before they start making the cars that the rest of us can afford and will really make a difference. Notice that the SMART cars never did get approved by USDOT. That's a major hurdle right there.

Steven Ayres, Prescott AZ
'66 KG1600

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