So, Lexus is now supposed to be building hybrid supercar that has 400HP and electric drive in the rear axle. (http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20130813-toyota-teases-hybrid-r)
So one after the other, established manufacturers seem to be making a beeline for the hybrid bandwagon.
What if, the public is just happy with half an electric car? What if they just don't care for the full electric feature? We know there are a lot of people who don't care about the environmental aspects, judging by the number of posters who jump to say AGW is not real ( some of those DO admit to pollution caused, though ).
So it's performance. Well, these new breed of hybrids offer the starting power and torque of the electric and then fall back to the warm complexity and dirtiness of the gasoline drivetrain that most of the other automakers find comfortable and cozy.
Imagine your nouveau riche neighbor showing his new BMW 400 horse sedan which can go 100 miles on pure electric. "Oh, how far can you go in your Tesla? 300? Me too, but I figured 98% it will be electric, in the city. On those long journeys, dude, I can fill up on gas ANY damn place I want to. I don't care if its gas during those times!" He says with a smug smile.
Is this going to be the future? Is tesla going to be the lone ranger?