I'm sitting here reading about Motor Trend's car of the year which is the Tesla's model S. it goes 0-60 in 4 seconds and. Looks like really nice and sporty then it it hit me. The car runs on DC and its called a Tesla?...
GE may still own "Edison" but Tesla was dumb enough to sign away all of his rights to anything. Tesla was a brilliant scientist but a horrible business man. Edison was just the opposite. Edison's biggest invention was the concept of intellectual property. Most of "his" inventions were actually the work of the people who worked for him.
I ordered a Prius 'C' last month after a fantastic test drive around Mayenne city and a $3000 bribe from the French Gummint and the Salesman. Can't wait! It's due first week in December. The electric motor[s] appear to be sychronous 3 phase, 500+volt with variable frequency, coupled to a 4-pot gas engine. It has an auto box, [ never had one before! ] based on a simple one-ring epicyclic gear, driven by electic motors from both sides for a true, non-slip, infinite ratio trans with hardly any parts. That's not a new idea, I think it appeared in US tanks in WWII. Engineers are always borrowing others' good ideas, but Edison simply stole them blind.
Alan: For what its worth, my township vehicle is a '08 Prius, hybrid, electric/gas engine. It has 29k miles, 98% city and the dash computer reads 38.7 MPG lifetime. There are 20+ in the fleet, along with 10 Ford Escape Hybrid, 2WD SWUVs.
I think those hybrids are perfect for a city mix of driving. I am not sure how well it translates to driving on the interstate when the engine will have to run pretty much all the time and there is not much dynamic braking going on.
Its a good thing you Are European other wise you would be asked to hand over you "MAN" card.
All kidding aside, gas prices are much worse in Europe then they are in the US and anyway we can save a buck, we do. My wife has a Smart car. Although I would not buy one for myself, they are a blast to drive, rather comfortable, and gets 40mpg in town and 50 on the interstate. It gets up and goes over 100 mph it a short distance. Granted its a detour of the OP but its good info