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From The Detroit News:
GM says the Escalade -- a sibling of the Green Car award-winning Chevy Tahoe hybrid -- is billed as the first large luxury hybrid SUV. The vehicle gets 50% better fuel economy in city driving and will sell for a suggested retail price of $71,685 -- $3,600 more than a non-hybrid Escalade.All well and good. However, in 6 years, if the 35 mpg mandate sticks, that 20 mpg has to increase by another 75%. What does that mean. Either the laws of physics must change or an entirely different approach to powering this sized vehicle must be deployed. Regardless, don't expect to see many of these vehicles produced 5 or 6 years from now.
The Escalade hybrid achieves fuel economy ratings of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 21 m.p.g. on the highway.
I wonder how many politicians will be scrambling to buy vehicles like this... or what agencies like the Secret Service will do when their Suburbans are replaced by these:these to ride on as they protect Nancy and Harry when they tour the country.
A small price to pay for holding fast against those who want to increase the domestic supply of oil.