Friday, September 28, 2007

Hybrid Tahoe

Finally! For months and months we've been hearing that the upcoming two-mode hybrid SUVs from General Motors will have better fuel economy by this or that percent. Today we learned from Automotive News exactly how much better they'll be. The 2WD version of the Tahoe and Yukon Hybrids will achieve 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, while the 4WD version will get 20 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. For comparison's sake, the 2008 Chevy Tahoe 2WD gets 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway from its 5.3L V8.

So let's say you drive all city miles, and are about average, 12,000 miles per year. If gas stays at $3 per gallon, You'd save $3,855 in gas over the five years you are likely to own one of these.

Stay tuned for how much of a premium GM is going to exact for the Hybrid version.

1 comment:

Bike Bubba said...

One thing I'd love to learn about hybrids is why most of them can't tow much. The beauty of an electric motor, after all, is that it achieves maximum torque at 0 rpm. This is perfect for getting a load started!

However, if you look at the tow ratings of, say, the Prius or Camry hybrids, you'll find that if you've got a rowboat to get to the lake, you'd better go with the Corolla or standard Camry. Somehow at least Toyota managed to neutralize the coolest aspect of a hybrid powertrain. Hopefully GM hasn't done the same.

(another point of reference; the original hybrid drive is the diesel locomotive)