Re: Not a hybrid subject: diesel
I like them both! I have a '91 Mercedes E-Class diesel with 318K miles - still gets 30 to 35 mpg. Also I have a '06 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Having both gives me fuel diversity - we can handle a shortage or price spike in either fuel type.
You used to be able to say that diesel was clearly better (for fuel economy and overall maintenance, but not for particulate and NOx emissions anyway). I don't think this is still true. Hybrid technology is more complex than older diesels sure; but now, we have added a lot of additional tech to diesels to get them quiet, odorless, high-performance, low emissions, low particulates, etc, and their complexity now approaches a hybrid system. Therefore I think there is room for both, at least until we have a solid infrastructure that can support fully electric, fuel cell, and other non-petroleum based vehicles.