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No matter what, cars must get lighter. A lighter car needs a smaller engine, a smaller engine needs less gas, less beef to support the frame, etc.. It's a cascading effect that is the keystone to all the other improvements. A hybrid system and the heavy batteries found in the current choices add weight. The prius and golf weigh just 3000 lbs. How much weight does the hybrid system add to the prius? A ford taurus weighs 4400 lbs. They could have made it a little less porky.
 
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