Will diesel hybrids take the place of regular hybrids?



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    See this related thread about diesel hybrids, specifically diesel plug-ins:


    Aside from the high cost of diesel engines, current gasoline prices are not high enough to validate a large fleet of diesel vehicles, especially at the price point that they would have if developed over the next couple years. The Chevrolet Volt is a standard plug-in hybrid vehicle, and it is expected to sell at over $40,000. All other issues held constant, that would mean that a plug-in diesel hybrid could cost at least $45,000 in the U.S. The gasoline hybrid market is doing well, as evidenced by the number of Toyota Prius models sold in the last few years. If gas hybrids become a mainstay in the U.S. auto market, it will be difficult to replace them with a technology that is twice as expensive and yields only a marginal ecological improvement.

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