Tesla will never produce a hybrid vehicle: Steve Jurvetson
Tesla Motors Inc will never produce a gas-electric hybrid car in the future, Tesla board member Steve Jurvetson said in a recent TV interview.
Jurvetson said a hybrid car should not be taken as an electric car. He added that a hybrid offers the worst of both - a gas engine and a battery.
Speaking on the topic, he added, "You have the worst of both worlds in many cases, a gas engine and a battery, all the complexity, all the maintenance, all of the tradeoffs that occur in a hybrid car. Hybrid cars are not Tesla's future."
He further said that Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk described hybrid cars as amphibians that are in a process of transition from dinosaurs to mammals.
Jurvetson also touted Tesla's plan to build Supercharger stations across the nation to make long road commutes in a Tesla vehicles more feasible.
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla's flagship electric car Model S recently received top crash test rating from U. S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Tesla Model S, which starts at around $70,000, earned a 5.4 star rating from the U. S. traffic regulator.