Major advance in plug-in hybrid design

I was just interviewed by CBS for a possible story on plug-in hybrids on Monday. You should tune in to CBS evening news Saturday for the first coverage of what I believe is a major advance in plug ins — a car I test drove a few weeks back and will be free to write about here Monday.

The New York Times will probably be doing a print story on the car Sunday, which I’ll link to. Then CBS may do another story, which is where I would come in. This hybrid technology will be rolled out in a retrofitted car at the Detroit auto show.

I think this is a big deal. Basically the company figured out how to design a practical, affordable plug-in hybrid without a breakthrough in battery technology!! Stay tuned.

5 Responses to Major advance in plug-in hybrid design

  1. Paul K says:

    I hope this is a big deal. If there is to be an 80% reduction in transportation related fossil fuel use by 2040, electrics are needed in the market soon. It takes 15 to 25 years for “fleet changeover”. Of course, electric generation demand will likely exceed the 30% increase generally predicted for then.

  2. Adam VanNoord says:

    That’s what I’ve been waiting to hear… let me know when a plug-in hybrid is a available under $18,000.

  3. Albert says:

    Does this have anything to do with this story that the WSJ released today (subscription required)?

  4. Daniel Bell says:

    Albert, the thinking is that yes, it is the BYD hybrid. My understanding is that it is a series hybrid much like the chevy volt.

  5. Jay Alt says:

    China’s Plucky Plug-In Hybrid 1/10/08 David Welch
    BYD’s car hits the stage at the Detroit auto show—but will it really be ready to roll this summer?

    In recent years, China’s upstart carmakers have flocked to major auto expos with low-priced offerings aimed at global markets. This year’s Detroit auto show, which opens on Jan. 13, will be little different. But this time around, one company, BYD Auto, won’t just show the usual compacts and subcompacts. BYD plans to exhibit a plug-in hybrid, the F6DM (for “dual mode”), that it says will hit the market in China this summer. Although the car won’t reach the U.S. for years, if ever, it would be the first plug-in to be commercially available—allowing BYD to steal a march on General Motors (GM), which is expecting to launch the Chevrolet Volt in 2010. . . .

    Discusses technical hurdles and their chances of breaking into the market.