I totally feel you on the Stick. I was very specific in wanting one. And I plan on keeping A glad for some time. But I want to go the forced induction route to add some power. So I am debating this big expense on the Jeep, and also make it more "high-strung" in maintenance and costs. While I have friend with the e-force kits on various rides with awesome results, there is an allure of getting that power boost, as well as silent and almost "free" electric jeepin miles. Especially as it won't be a big expense vs what I got with an added supercharger.I'll buy a hybrid if they give me one with a manual transmission, like Honda used to with the CR-Z and Insight. Of course, they won't, so no hybrid for me.
Full electrics only have one ratio, so manual/auto wouldn't matter there. I'm gonna be buying sticks until I have to buy full electric. I have nothing against full electric vehicles though, so when they price me a full electric Gladiator with the range I need, I'll be ok with it. I'm just not buying an ICE vehicle with an automatic.
I wonder what the hybrid is going to do to the payload though? Those batteries are heavy. It probably won't hurt towing capacity, and might even help it, but it's gotta have an effect on payload. They'll have to do some re-engineering, that's for sure.
I absolutely love my 6MT but wondering in 5 years+ what's the cost of fuel and such gonna be that has me keen to have gotten the hybrid in the first place. While a boosted glad absolutely tickles me, the responsible side doesn't want to ignite a burn barrel of money for a daily that is super spendy to operate. Especially when the alt is every bit as capable as I need it to be, but easier to live with for the long haul.