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#71 of 100 Re: Why all the hate towards GM? [cablack]
Sep 27, 2005 (7:16 pm)
> stop the bashing
It's the misrepresentation that upsets people.
Hybrid means there is some type of blending.
Since no electric propulsion whatsoever is provided, no blending has occurred. It's just an improvement to the existing system, increasing response time and extending fuel-cut to non-moving conditions. The engine provides 100% of the thrust.
GM should have called this improvement something else, rather than "hybrid".
#72 of 100 Re: Why all the hate towards GM? [john1701a]
Sep 27, 2005 (8:43 pm)
I think you have missed some of the purpose of the GMC Hybrid. It also uses regenerative braking to charge the batteries. The hybrid system is quite useful on construction jobs with four 120 volt AC 20 amp circuits available. The climate control is electric saving fuel while running on battery power. It also saves gas while stopped in traffic. And the biggest thing it is the ONLY HYBRID PU truck on the market. Nothing Toyota builds would satisfy my vehicular needs. Toyota is still years behind GM in the truck building business. That is the bottom line.
Definition of Hybrid
Something of mixed origin or composition.
Something, such as a computer or power plant, having two kinds of components that produce the same or similar results.
I don't see in the definition of hybrid where the Prius is anymore qualified as a hybrid than the Honda or GM hybrids. It is merely the combining of different components to give an end result. The desired end result is the saving of a bit of fuel. In the case of the GMC Hybrid I did not have to give up Handling, comfort & towing ability.
#73 of 100 Re: Why all the hate towards GM? [john1701a]
Sep 28, 2005 (2:50 am)
GM merely used the term to try and entice interest. Apparently it didn't work too well as they sold very little. The mileage gains are nil. Essentially you're just paying for a generator.
#75 of 100 Re: Why all the hate towards GM? [gagrice]
Sep 28, 2005 (7:05 am)
> Something of mixed origin or composition.
There is no mixing.
Where's the component that doesn't already exist?
The battery is bigger than usual and the starter is bigger than usual.
It's an improvement to original parts, nothing new.
#76 of 100 Re: Why all the hate towards GM? [john1701a]
Sep 28, 2005 (11:06 am)
"Where's the component that doesn't already exist?
The battery is bigger than usual and the starter is bigger than usual. "
Well, there is the equipment added to enable the regenerative braking to charge the batteries, plus the electric A/C (gary, correct me if I'm wrong on this one), and of course the components to run those electric 110V outlets. Those don't exist on a stock GMC...
#79 of 100 Re: Why all the hate towards GM? [cablack]
Sep 28, 2005 (6:46 pm)
No offense taken.
I also don't worship any vehicles. They are just a means to get me and my stuff from one place to another. Actually buying the Sierra Hybrid was an after thought. It had the engine and towing package I wanted. The dealer offered the hybrid option for a grand and I figured what the hey. I like the truck. It is very Quiet & smoothest running vehicle we own including the Lexus. I don't get offended easily. I realize there are a lot of zealots hang out on this forum with very narrow vision.
Sep 29, 2005 (3:30 am)
"I realize there are a lot of zealots hang out on this forum with very narrow vision."
I get annoyed when people talk about themselves on this forum