The Ed Speaks
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.