Yep, I would say depending on how they design the system it can be better to have a manual paired with a hybrid system. But there are many other ways to put an electric motor in the mix, and the CRZ IMA system (Integrated Motor Assist) did have its caveats, such as no option to drive on purely electrical power alone.
Yeah I was questioning it more about cars that can run solely on electricity. In that case, since the power is coming from the electric motors outside from the engine and transmission, transmission will need to be put in the neutral or clutch pressed, otherwise you will basically make "engine breaking" and waste energy. Of course they can make a very simply automatic system that disengage the clutch as soon as engine shuts off and electric motors are the only source of power.
Last edited by Tripod; 03-09-2019 at 09:48 PM.