Hyundai has announced that they will be releasing a Lithium-Ion Hybrid Elantra model by next year. To me that says they will have this giant energizer bunny that seats 4 available by January 09. The problem is that I’ve seen dates like this come and go and if released too early causes nothing but battery recalls.
Despite all the technology it’s only expected to produce less than 40mpg. Don’t get me wrong, this is great, but guessing at what the price tag will be I could still buy a lot more gas by buying a cheaper car than what this thing could save me. $4 per gallon hurts, but if buying a $10,000 less car means I can put gas in my existing car for a further 8 years, so be it.