What Are The Disadvantages Of A Hybrid Car?
This may come as a surprise to some, but the idea of a hybrid car is as old as the car itself. The first one was developed in 1899 by Lohner-Porsche (yes, that Porsche). It had an internal combustion engine designed to drive a generator that supplied Porsche-designed wheel hub motors with electrical energy. This machine, aptly named “Semper Vivus” (Latin for “always alive”), steadily evolved for at least five years.
However, as its evolution progressed, Semper Vivus hybrid capabilities diminished. Ferdinand Porsche and Ludwig Lohner, the duo who designed the car, came up with some interesting improvements. By installing smaller batteries (44-cell accumulator instead of 74-cell accumulator) and replacing two 2.5 hp ICEs (internal combustion engines) with a more powerful 5.5-liter engine, the Semper Vivus became a much more efficient car. These changes reduced the car’s weight, improved performance, and lowered its overall cost and complexity.
This short story history lesson about the hybrid car gave us the first answer to the question posed in the title. Added weight and complexity are the main disadvantages of the hybrid car over similarly engineered ICE-powered or electric-powered cars.