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#1 of 9 Is the Lupo 80MPG/3L a "hybrid" car?
Mar 09, 2005 (11:10 am)
It has the ability to turn itself off when stopped, but the electric starter/motor does not move the car or provide assist.
Does that make it a hybrid? Or not?
#2 of 9 Does it have a battery pack which stores and uses
Mar 09, 2005 (11:38 am)
If it has a battery pack which stores REGEN energy and uses that electricity to provide some functionality to the car or the owner, then I'd say it's a hybrid car.
Hybrid does not necessarily mean "propel the car with more than one drivetrain" does it?
#3 of 9 Seems like the Lupo qualifies if it has a two power sources on board
Mar 09, 2005 (11:41 am)
"an automobile with more than one power source, such as an electric motor and internal combustion engine or an electric motor with battery and fuel cells for energy storage; also called hybrid vehicle"
Mar 10, 2005 (6:55 am)
The Lupo doesn't store anything (no regenerative braking). It merely shuts itself off.
#5 of 9 If it does not store power and has only one power source
Mar 10, 2005 (7:16 am)
If it does not store power and has only one power source, then I cant see how it meets even the mildest of hybrid requirements.
I guess merely putting an ISG in a car does not make it a hybrid.....
#7 of 9 California Lupo?
Jul 10, 2005 (11:44 am)
Does anyone know if there are any loopholes that would allow one to import and drive a Lupo in the state of California? Are there exemptions for research or any other angles
that might work?
I'm interested in going to biodiesel but would prefer a higher efficiency vehicle.
#8 of 9 Re: California Lupo? [lorax]
Jul 10, 2005 (2:00 pm)
I would send a letter to CARB & the governor. It is a long shot, but who knows what will happen..
#9 of 9 Re: California Lupo? [gagrice]
Jul 11, 2005 (12:50 pm)
"I would send a letter to CARB & the governor. It is a long shot, but who knows what will happen.."
It doesn't matter what the CARB and the Governator say. Federal law restricts imports to those that have gone through the EPA and safety testing. Many of the small cars of Europe would not pass the crash testing here in the USA, or would require extensive modifications to pass. These mods typically add weight and expense to the car; most auto manufacturors either design "world cars" that match US and international specs, or just don't import the cars.