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Old 01-19-2011, 12:09 PM   #1
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remember the hydraulic hybrid?

there was a guy on here (gary I think) a while back that talked about his hydraulic hybrid idea. he kind of disappeared a while back.

first of all, not sure if this is him. actually probably isn't since it is a large company but it is very coincidental.


http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/19/auto...dex.htm?hpt=T2

regardless, thought it was neat at least
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EPA project therefore has no relationship to real word economics. If it was practical the private sector would would have already implemented it on a large scale. I'm not surprised Chrysler is building it since its still essentially a government owned enterprise.
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Re: remember the hydraulic hybrid?

It looks to me like the EPA developed the technology, while Chrysler is going to build it and put it in vehicles. I imagine that other manufacturers will also get to use the research if they want. This seems acceptable to me, instead of letting one company develop and patent the technology and then prevent other companies from using it...

Perhaps it would not be economically practical for one company, but it would be if multiple companies used it. Or, maybe it simply isn't economically practical and therefore someone willing to lose money (EPA) is required before it can be used; but then it can help with oil supply / fuel economy / etc.
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Re: remember the hydraulic hybrid?

Some UPS trucks have a "hydraulic hybrid" system. Car and Driver magazine did an article on it a few months ago...

http://www.caranddriver.com/features...tteries-column
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Re: remember the hydraulic hybrid?

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Some UPS trucks have a "hydraulic hybrid" system. Car and Driver magazine did an article on it a few months ago...

http://www.caranddriver.com/features...tteries-column
I like the end: ford expedition using it but powered by a VW turbodiesel.
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