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Old 01-26-2007, 12:13 PM   #1
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Wondering if anyone has seen it or tested it?

Hybrid Vortec 5.3L V8
The Silverado Classic Hybrid " the first full-size production pickup to utilize hybrid technology " has limited availability in all 50 states.

The built-in generator provides 120-volt alternating current (AC) via four household-style accessory power outlets " two in the cab and two in the cargo box
Total collective available power of 2,400 watts offers the capability of running power tools and household items, such as a refrigerator, or functioning as a generator in a remote area

Its 14,000-watt electric motor works closely with the Vortec 5.3L V8 engine to boost city fuel economy by 2 MPG without a loss in power, compared to a conventional Silverado Classic with the same engine.(1) That's gas mileage that comparable Triton and HEMI gas engines can't touch(2)
An electric motor replaces the conventional starter and alternator components, resulting in a nearly invisible integration of the electric motor into the gasoline powertrain
Silverado Classic Hybrid features an engine start/stop system that automatically shuts the engine off to save fuel when braking at speeds below 13 mph " or when the vehicle is not moving. When the brake pedal is released, the accelerator is pressed or the Tow/Haul mode button is pressed, the engine automatically restarts
Silverado Classic Hybrid's regenerative braking takes some of the inertial energy from the moving vehicle and turns it back into electrical energy, which is stored in the Energy Storage Module.
Based on 2007 Silverado Classic Hybrid 2WD model with EPA estimated MPG 18 city (4x4 model 17 city).
Based on 2006 competitive information.
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Wondering if anyone has seen it or tested it?

Hybrid Vortec 5.3L V8
The Silverado Classic Hybrid " the first full-size production pickup to utilize hybrid technology " has limited availability in all 50 states.

The built-in generator provides 120-volt alternating current (AC) via four household-style accessory power outlets " two in the cab and two in the cargo box
Total collective available power of 2,400 watts offers the capability of running power tools and household items, such as a refrigerator, or functioning as a generator in a remote area

Its 14,000-watt electric motor works closely with the Vortec 5.3L V8 engine to boost city fuel economy by 2 MPG without a loss in power, compared to a conventional Silverado Classic with the same engine.(1) That's gas mileage that comparable Triton and HEMI gas engines can't touch(2)
An electric motor replaces the conventional starter and alternator components, resulting in a nearly invisible integration of the electric motor into the gasoline powertrain
Silverado Classic Hybrid features an engine start/stop system that automatically shuts the engine off to save fuel when braking at speeds below 13 mph " or when the vehicle is not moving. When the brake pedal is released, the accelerator is pressed or the Tow/Haul mode button is pressed, the engine automatically restarts
Silverado Classic Hybrid's regenerative braking takes some of the inertial energy from the moving vehicle and turns it back into electrical energy, which is stored in the Energy Storage Module.
Based on 2007 Silverado Classic Hybrid 2WD model with EPA estimated MPG 18 city (4x4 model 17 city).
Based on 2006 competitive information.
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Old 01-26-2007, 12:57 PM   #3
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Am I missing something? All that cost, complexity and weight for 2 miles per gallon in the city???

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Not sure how GM is doing it, but if it is like Honda, there is an electric motor that sits between the gas motor and the tranny. It kicks it to assist the gas motor in times of acceleration and stopping. when you hit the brakes, the gas motor stops and you run off the electric motor. As soon as you take your foot off the brake, the gas motor kicks in again. While cruising the electric motor recharges the 144V power unit (NiMH battery). However in Hondas, the MPG different is much greater - in the ~15 MPH range better. And here is another thought. The cost of the vehicle is MUCH higher.
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Old 01-27-2007, 05:37 AM   #5
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Yes, there is an electric motor

When you say "Honda" are you referring to their truck, the Ridgeline?

And yes, the price is significantly higher because it's considered a "specialty vehicle"

Moreover, it is only sold in several states, to test the market for such a product I imagine

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by K-Star:
Not sure how GM is doing it, but if it is like Honda, there is an electric motor that sits between the gas motor and the tranny. It kicks it to assist the gas motor in times of acceleration and stopping. when you hit the brakes, the gas motor stops and you run off the electric motor. As soon as you take your foot off the brake, the gas motor kicks in again. While cruising the electric motor recharges the 144V power unit (NiMH battery). However in Hondas, the MPG different is much greater - in the ~15 MPH range better. And here is another thought. The cost of the vehicle is MUCH higher. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Old 01-27-2007, 05:38 AM   #6
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Well I am certainly no expert when it comes to auto, that's why I am asking.

However the built in generator was interesting


<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RustyJC:
Am I missing something? All that cost, complexity and weight for 2 miles per gallon in the city???

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