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Electric Cars Could Wipe Out Hybrids 'Within A Few Years'

Some seem to think gasoline-electric powertrains won't be around for much longer.

Unless you're completely ignorant about the car industry, then you'll know about the relative prominence of hybrid powertrains in the automotive industry. From small hatchbacks to million dollar supercars and pretty much every bodystyle in between, it seems nowadays that only a handful of car companies don't offer a gasoline or diesel-electric setup in at least one of their cars. However, as Automotive Management suggests, it may be the case that hybrids will soon be obsolete.

According to Rupert Pontin, the Head of Valuations at the vehicle data provider Glass's, the current advantages that hybrid systems have over purely electric powertrains will be nigh-on eradicated "within a few years." With the rate in which battery technology is being developed, it's very possible we're now entering a period where "a new hybrid vehicle being bought today could be effectively obsolete by the time it reaches the end of its normal life." As range improves and costs go down, the series and plug-in hybrid powertrain will be phased out; perceived as no more than a "curiosity" to future new and used car buyers.

Further reinforcing Pontin's argument is that we're already seeing the first instances of this transition period. In the UK, you can buy an all-electric Renault Zoe for as little as 13,995 GBP (admittedly, that does include a government grant and doesn't factor in the battery lease tariff) or just over $17,000 at current exchange rates, and it's allegedly possible to drive over 300 miles in a Tesla Model S on a single charge. Put simply, electric cars should (unless something goes horribly wrong) keep getting better and better from here on out, and the first casualty to result from this trend will in this instance be the 'half in, half out' hybrid powertrain.

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