The DHT Redefining Hybrid Transmissions
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One of the problems of many add-on hybrid transmissions is that there are no means of obtaining compensation for the additional time and cost involved in design and development. As the number of electrified vehicles increases, the cost-benefit ratio is worsening. However, the concept of the dedicated hybrid transmission (DHT) takes an integrated, system-based approach that reduces redundancy and makes hybrid drives more compact, more efficient and more cost-effective.
At the end of April 2016, Wolfgang Schäuble, the German Federal Minister of Finance, announced a subsidy of 4000 euros for pure electric cars and 3000 euros for plug-in hybrids, on condition that the car costs less than 60,000 euros. Tesla was quick to criticise this cost cap in its company blog as "arbitrary" and "obviously directed against Tesla". A more convincing argument would be to build affordable electric cars, instead of complaining about circumstances that have just as great an impact on German...
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