The Ed Speaks

Car India - - FEATURE -

A few years ago, I was speak­ing to Dr Ul­rich Hack­en­berg, who was then with the Volk­swa­gen Group. He shared the view that a diesel-hy­brid car would be ideal to tackle not just pol­lu­tion, but also flex­i­bil­ity. The rea­sons are many, although, pri­mar­ily, you would get three cars in one: elec­tric, hy­brid, and per­for­mance.

A fu­ture diesel-hy­brid would be ca­pa­ble of trav­el­ling about 60 km on one charge on elec­tri­ciyt alone; enough for most daily com­mutes. When it comes to high­way drives — for ex­am­ple, Pune to Mum­bai, about 150 km apart — the car will exit the city on elec­tric­ity, switch to hy­brid mode with ex­tremely low CO2 emis­sions and fuel con­sump­tion, yet recharge the bat­tery pack si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Fu­ture cloud­con­nec­tiv­ity and a con­nected nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem will also al­low the car to an­tic­i­pate power and range needs and even de­tect traf­fic con­di­tions, mak­ing for a more ef­fi­cient jour­ney. Once the car reaches the des­ti­na­tion city, it has enough juice to switch back to elec­tric power. Fur­ther­more, the com­bined peak out­put of the elec­tric mo­tor and diesel en­gine would de­liver out­stand­ing per­for­mance.

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