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Good for them. Hopefully it is the start of a trend. They were one of the first to embrace safety as a key ingredient as well.
 

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That's a huge step. Good fro them. It gets a little more challenging when you consider vehicles like the Suburban and Silverado, who need more muscle for towing. Come summer, my Suburban becomes a "tow-mobile."
 

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And to quote Bob Dylan - For the times they are a-changin'
 

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That's a huge step. Good fro them. It gets a little more challenging when you consider vehicles like the Suburban and Silverado, who need more muscle for towing. Come summer, my Suburban becomes a "tow-mobile."
I can think of nothing BETTER for a hybrid than towing. The amount of oomph needed to get rolling or up hills (comparatively short periods) is WAY more than the what's needed for normal steady-state hauling. A hybrid system means being able to scale the engine for how it operates MOST of the time plus a bit for charging up rather than peak loads that it only needs to put out for a minute or two at a time.
 

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According to the article I read, Volvo is counting 48V belt alternator starter assist as electrified, too. That makes it a pretty small start, but every bit helps.
 
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