Jeremy Clarkson explains the problem with hybrids and the green-eyed monster
Unfortunately, as good as Clarkson is at spinning words, his knowledge of new technology is limited and when he gets into areas outside his expertise, he's nearly always off base. For example, he blames catalytic converters for creating greenhouse gas emissions by converting carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide while never mentioning that any time you burn carbon fuels, CO2 will be produced. Similarly, he blames environmentalists for forcing Ferrari to add a hybrid system to upcoming sports cars, which holds some truth, considering that Maranello's finest rarely get driven with any regularity.
While there are surely issues with hybrid drive systems, calling them "unimaginative, short-term, blinkered nonsense" is laughably absurd. Hybrid drive is a good interim strategy and, for certain applications, it makes good, clean sense. We'll continue reading Clarkson's work as an amusement, but until he catches up on the realities of new powertrain technology, he remains, in his own words, "an entertainer."
[Source: Times of London]
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