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Suburban Hybrid?

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scharmer05    0

i did the math one time and putting on about 45000 miles a year, with gas at like 2.75, it costs me about 1000 more a year in gas than it would driving a midsize car. Plus a brand new hybrid system is most likely going to have its own problems...so i don't see myself buying a hybrid suburban any time soon to get a few more miles to the gallon.

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rinkeedink    0

i did the math one time and putting on about 45000 miles a year, with gas at like 2.75, it costs me about 1000 more a year in gas than it would driving a midsize car.  Plus a brand new hybrid system is most likely going to have its own problems...so i don't see myself buying a hybrid suburban any time soon to get a few more miles to the gallon.

Where can you get gas for $2.75/gallon? This summer its going to go well past the $3 mark, and with the instability of the middle east and OPEC already producing at 100%capacity, the ethanol requirements boosting prices in the USA, and the refinery capapcity still down 35% after Katrina and Rita, it is not going to get better any time soon.

The amount of savings from a hybrid system also depends on whether or not its a true full hybrid, and not the one used in the [i think] Silverado that only boots economy about 15%.

I also am not really concerned about the technology, the current (sorry about the pun) state of development for hybrid technology is pretty well worked out.

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beerme    0

The change in fuel ecomony is not a good measure of fuel saved. Change in fuel consumption is. That's why the Tahoe or Suburban as a hybrid makes more sense than a small car hybrid.

Consider the Prius, considered by many to be the ultimate eco car hybrid. To make a Prius, Toyota takes a car that would have gotten 40 mpg as a non-hybrid and improves it to 55mpg. Drive 20,000 miles per year, and you have 250 gallons burned versus 364 gals per year. Thats a savings of 114 gallons per year. At $3.00 per gallon that's $342 savings per year.

The GM says at least 25% greater FE for the '08 Tahoe hybrid. That puts it at about 25 mpg vs. 20 mpg. Drive 20,000 miles per year, and you have 800 gallons burned versus 1000, or a savings of 200 gals per year. At $3.00 per gallon that's $600 savings per year. This is more fuel savings than any other hybrid vehicle.

The point is that adding 5 mpg on a larger car, like the Tahoe, is much more valuable than adding 15 mpg to a small car.

The cheeseburger guy wants you to buy a small car instead of a large car. Thanks for your opinion. Who gets to make the choice of which car I will spend my money on? Not the cheesburger guy - I wouldn't even let anyone else order my lunch.

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