Hybrid Drivetrains - 2 different types (or more) ?
I recently heard/saw an ad for a Ford product (not sure if for Lincoln or Ford) that described their 2014/2015 hybrid where the gas engine was not connected to the transmission but only drove a generator/alternator to recharge the battery that powered the electric motor that is connected to the tranny. I believe this is in contrast to the hybrid systems such as in the Prius where both the engine and motor are physically connected to the tranny so either or both can contribute to directly propelling the car.
I have been reluctant to get too excited about the Prius type of system because it tends to cycle the gas engine on and off very frequently to the point that for around-town local driving the starter could be called upon numerous times to restart the engine in a very short time and/or on short trips. This will likely lead to premature failure of the starter mechanism and/or wear and tear on the flywheel gears.
However, if I read/heard about the Ford/Lincoln system correctly, I would expect it to be much less subject to failure due to excessive restarting of the engine. I have tried to gain more knowledge of the Ford system from their website, but of course the marketeers would much rather talk about heated seats and moonroofs.
Anyone heard any details on this "new" approach by Ford?