Tax Code Choking Development of Hybrid Vehicles?
While there are significant tax credits for hybrids that are designed to entice buyers to purchase cars, the credits are designed around the output of the batteries, rather than efficency:
The credit was written promote pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids and favors extra batteries. The base credit is $2,500 for a vehicle that has at least five kilowatt-hours and another $417 for each additional kilowatt-hour. The maximum credit is $7,500, which works out to 16 kilowatt-hours. The Chevy Volt would get the max credit.
However, a newly issued patent would sidestep the issue of battery output because it would reduce the need for extra batteries (and all the weight) by using capacitor technologies to store energy for instant acceleration.