Please no one take offfense here, I'm just thinking with you about hybrids.
Jon, of course your Scan gauge is not lying to you on down hills, any more than it is on up hills. I like the mpg indicator.
It was interesting on the main drag thru Myrtle Beach tonight, watching the MPG figure drop at each light
. By the way one of the hybrid is that it shuts off the gas engine at traffic lights
, another potential savings.
Francesca, In general I'm opposed to energy subsidies. My view is that both solar
and wind energy should have to compete for my energy usage and not be well subsidized by the government.
My goal is to continue RVing in a climate where the government definitely wants higher ga and deisel energy prices.
It appears to me that a more efficient smaller engine, using the Atkinson cycle, might be able to power my vehicle at my towing speeds. The supporting electric motor may balance the low torque weakness of the gas engine. Note the Ford Atkinson is a 2L versus my Honda's 2.4 L engine.
The Honda's gas pedal has rarely seen the floor, only in emergencies.
I'm not worried about the extra battery weight
assuming the chassis can handle them. Most of the people on the site like heavier tow vehicles, believing it's valuable in controlling the trailer.
Another advantage of the CMax is that the rear wheels seem to be rather close to the rear bumper, more closely approaching a fifth wheel (joking a little but certainly helpful).
I certainly don't know if a Hybrid can do the job but I'm interested in exploring it. I have found the lead engineer on the Ford CMax and hope to explore the topic with him.
I intend to pursue this when we get home.