GM has been working since 2004 with BMW and DaimlerChrysler on what is now being called the Hybrid 2Mode system in their trucks and SUV’s. The first example to reach the market place will be the 2008 GM Yukon and Tahoe. While the technologies involved in the very technical and costly engine are a vast advancement, their net gain from cost-to-efficiency may be questioned. Maybe over time and with further research more positive gains will be realized.
Initially GM reported the Hybrid 2 Mode was expected to achieve a 20% gain in fuel efficiency from the standard gas alternative. Well now they have come back to announce that their prior report was too conservative, and a 40% improvement in fuel mileage is expected. Meaning this behemoth of a sport-ute will be expected to average 19 to 20 mpg.
The cost of achieving the reported increase in fuel mileage is a whopping $10,000 per engine. That price does not reflect the millions they have put into research and development on creating the Hybrid 2 Mode system. That is based on the price of parts and assembly/installation. GM may not expect to recoup that entire cost out of the sales price of the Yukon or Tahoe, but you can be guaranteed that cost will be made up somewhere.
So here is the question that will need to be answered:
Is a $10,000 increase in price something you are willing to pay for a 40% fuel mileage improvement that will still only yield you 20 mpg?
Share with us your thoughts. Is the Hybrid 2 Mode on the right track?
And if you want to learn more about the Hyrbid 2 Mode system AutoBlogGreen covered it extensively in a fairly recent article.