In “honor” of Earth Day I give you an example of what it has wrought on the general public.
The (mild) hybrid Chevrolet Malibu pictured left.
Handsome little devil isn’t it? Although it being Earth Day Eve and all I’d much prefer something in an “Earthy Tan,” or “Climate Change Chartreuse,” but I can work with what’s given to me.
There’s one slight problem, it’s a piece of shit thought up by someone who’s overdosed on the Kool-Aid “dr.” Albert Gore is selling.
Seems this little “gem” is only a “mild” hybrid, as GM calls it, for the simple fact it’s designed so it’s pathetic little four-cylinder combustion chambers shut down when the car is stopped.
Not stopped as in say, at the local Quicky-Mart to purchase the latest issue of “Save the Planet NOW” and “Rednecks in an Ecco-Friendly World.’
Stopped as in each and every time it stops in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the interstate heading to Barstow. So you lurch forward a few feet, stop, and the engine shuts down like your wife after seven years of marriage. (you 7 year guys get it doncha?)
Traffic moves, and as if by “magic” this little marvel to modern ecco-friendly ingenuity “promptly restarts the engine when the brake is released.”
So as not to be confused lets recap. Stop, engine shuts down. Traffic moves, brake is released and engine re-fires and you lurch forward all of 35 feet and stop. Engine shuts down. Again.
Wash, rinse and repeat… for the next 25 miles of stop-and-go traffic. (wonder if it has a fission powered starter motor to withstand this abuse for 100,000 miles!?)
And all this for a gain of exactly 2MPG at an extra cost of $1,800 over a non-hybrid four-cylinder Malibu.
The marketing jackhole that forced this piece of shit into the showrooms should be relegated to Dantes Seventh Level of Hell.
And BTW, have a happy earth day (lower case intentional)
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