So, now that the Volt (and BTW I hate GM), has decoupled a physical driveline from the engine, I got to thinking, is a "normal" car engine, that's been designed to output rotational energy across a varying RPM, the best way to convert gasoline to electricity? Obviously that's a bit oversimplified, but wouldn't a turbine actually be the best, most efficient way to get electrons from oil? It has WAY fewer moving parts, etc. etc. and yes, I'm aware of the Chrysler car, but many of those issues were most likely related to its mechanical drive system. If if this has been talked about before, sorry, it just came to me the other day. It goes against my belief that these cars are a waste of engineering time that could be used to further battery cars, but why not? Lol ideas?