Hybrids Perform More Efficiently in India, China, US Research Finds
Hybrid vehicles are significantly more fuel-efficient in India and China than they are in the US, according to new research from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
This disparity in efficiency between the different markets is down to exactly the same qualities that make driving in places like India so frustrating — heavy traffic, aggressive drivers, few freeways, etc. As a result, hybrids (or for that matter EVs) could be of even greater use to those living in crowded urban regions, such as India and China, than to those in more traditional markets.
The new findings are the result of a pair of studies that analyzed real-world driving conditions in great depth. Given the potential importance of the findings it’s not that surprising (and a good sign) that the government of India has already taken note.
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