Thursday, 05 August 2021

Are hybrid engines the future?

COULD you get used to driving in an entirely new way? After all many of us from all generations have learned the new skill set of surfing the internet.

But if net surfing has become a global pastime, then why not learn a new way of driving a car? For increasingly as technology in cars gallops ahead into the future, driving a green car — be it a hybrid, electric or combination of both — may become the norm.

Whatever your view on the subject, driving will never be the same again. Ask Google, the internet search giant who wants to get rid of you, the driver, once and for all with its much-heralded driverless cars. Such vehicles are the future, says Google, but their executives would say that, wouldn’t they? And given enough time to prove its theory — say by 2060, or 2075 (or probably sooner) who is going to argue with Google?

Whatever your take on all this, I have recently driven a car that appears to take the “green” car phenomenon a step further. The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) has been widely praised for its innovative ways.

Indeed, last month the Caravan Club gave its Award for Innovation to the Outlander PHEV at its annual Towcar of the Year presentation.


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