Do hybrids have to get beefier and sacrifice mileage?
So I’m flipping through a magazine this morning and stumble on a glossy ad featuring a muscley sports car. The tag line:
THE CHARGER HYBRID — IT BURNS GAS AND RUBBER
Anyway, speaking of hybrids, I have a question. As everyone’s noticed, the hybrid market seems to be moving toward performance-based cars that boost power without doing much to boost gas mileage. Greens no doubt view this as a disaster. But lots of auto-geeks think that, as this Autoblog post puts it, the "honeymoon is over" for hybrids in terms of fuel economy, what with constant reports that their real-world mileage doesn’t approach their advertised mileage.
So, are hybrids making a necessary shift to preserve their expanding market? Or are performance-based hybrids a reflection of the greed and perfidy of automakers and autobuyers alike?