Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W211 E320 Bluetec R129 SL500 - $1300 car ........ Ford F350 6.7l
Location: Vegas MAN, Vegas
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The hybrid technology is one of most censored subjects in US.
Would the government allow import of few tens of those 60 mpg cars a decade ago, nobody would even take a look on 40 mpg hybrids.
To my knowledge the only hybrid that make sense is in city buses, where small diesel engine runs at constant, most efficient speed charging the batteries and bus moves solely on electric motors.
All hybrids in cars might have advantage in city driving, but they pay dearly for dead weigh on interstate cruising.
MB did the hybrid in S class, but IMHO the small electric engine is just their way to satisfy brainwashed customers.