Originally Posted by Paulx213
That's where the diesel engine comes in. Shame they are so rare in North America.
If you watch the video closely, the host says that for towing, the power of both the electric motor and the diesel are required to make it happen. In this scenario, there is little or no power left to charge the battery, so the net effect is the battery is slowly depleted. You eventually will need to stop to re-charge. This can be overcome by adding capacity to the power train, but the car maker doesn't do that.
edit: every diesel locomotive is in fact hybrid technology. Have been for 60 years. The propulsion motor is electric and the diesel motor turns a generator. They are built to a size required for the work they need to do. Hybrid cars on the other hand rely heavily on stored energy in a large 300 volt battery. It comes down to balancing the 3 energy supplies in a hybrid for a given driving application. The three are; 1) electric battery, 2) diesel motor with fuel, and 3) battery charging from a generator driven by the diesel motor and the recovered kinetic energy from braking action.
It would be interesting if this car maker would publish the energy budget for the vehicle, so the true towing capacity and towing range would be known. I for one would not want to run out of energy on a remote road. Running out of gas takes on new meaning