Tw-mode Full Hybrid System Trumps Competition

DaimlerChrysler and GM are working together to offer a system that's less expensive, more fuel-efficient and more versatile

Published: 29-Dec-2004

The fact that DaimlerChrysler and General Motors will soon be selling vehicles with a hybrid system that's superior to anything on the road today from Ford, Honda, or Toyota pretty much got lost in media coverage of the competitors' announcement of their decision to work on a common two-mode system.

Also lost in the clamour about the two companies having changed their minds about the importance of hybrids is that the hybrid technology that currently exists is already outdated and will likely be gone in a couple of years.

But for consumers willing to spend more for hybrids so they can reduce their fuel use, the most important points coming out of the announcement by DCX and GM is that they'll be offering a system that's less expensive, more fuel-efficient and more versatile.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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