An email survey arrived today with questions about a possible new powertrain that is supposedly under consideration. They called it "Powertrain S", and what they described sounds to me like electric propulsion with a gas-fired range extender and smaller battery than a pure BEV. They were asking about buyers' expectations and whether they'd consider this new idea versus ICE or HEV or PHEV or BEV. They included potential range and MPG/MPGe numbers as well as how much more each option costs relative to the ordinary ICE version. The numbers they were quoting made me think that the vehicle in mind was a compact crossover - like a Tucson (which already covers ICE/HEV/PHEV) in regards to fuel economy and pricing. From what I have seen in the past, I can confidently say that when they send these surveys out, they already have well-sorted test mules racing around a private track somewhere in South Korea and/or California City. If I had to guess, I'd say they are seeing the collapse of hydrogen in the US and are looking at how to make the Nexo sellable in more than one or two cities in southern California. Just swap in a little Kappa 1 liter three-banger in place of the fuel cell, keep the 40kwh battery pack, add a 6 or 7 gallon gas tank in place of the hydrogen cylinder, and sell 'em in all 50 states. Or at least the CARB states. It would be a good way to leverage all the engineering work and platform development, and earn some cash from an existing model. Honda already did that with the Clarity. For pricing, they showed: HEV $1000 more than ICE PHEV $5000 more than ICE (new "S") $7000 more than ICE BEV $9000 more than ICE Squint a little at the proposed figures and it looks like they're thinking of Ioniq 5 for BEV and then the Tucson for the ICE/HEV/PHEV, based on the cost span and the specifications. That would put the series-PHEV (technically an EREV) Pseudo-Tucson right around $40k, reasonably equipped. And if it were to meet the CleanPass HOV requirements, it would be an interesting option for commuters. They mentioned VTL/VTH without being too specific, so the new baby could be used as a home power source - just like the Ioniq line. It sounds like it's a good choice for commuters, with the size and form factor that the bulk of the current buyers are shopping for, and in a price range that people can fit into the budget.