If they are going to make hybrids of other models that need more power, why don't they up the IMAS to give them ALL 60mpg??? I don't get it!
The Insight is a system. The car is designed to be as efficient as possible. For example, the low drag, lightweight construction, low friction everything, etc.dfiore said:all they'd need is a bigger electric motor to go with the larger battery. It's common sense.
If you're mostly driving on the highway, yes. In the city, it would be lower since the ICE would spend much more of it's time in the "inefficiency zone".JoeMultihuller said:And if we took off the IMA system entirely (and thus reduced the weight) and drove our 1-litre Insights as conservatively as our hypermilers, would we not obtain even better mpg at the sacrifice of the acceleration we now have? :roll:
No not really. A few European cars have idle-stop to improve City MPG. They simply use the standard 12 Volt Starter, but slightly larger. It's not a hybrid.b1shmu63 said:Amen! Problem is, if you have idle stop you need 90 percent of the hybrid system.