Remy. I been with a major Tier 1 Auto parts maker at a big design center doing design and business development..... We had class on "invention" and defined among other characteristics an "invention" will posses: A person knowledgeable of the "art", will reasonable tell it will not work, yet it will.
Nice. You should contribute more here, then.
To counter - I have over a dozen US patents and whoever "taught" you was either spewing nonsense or your recollection of the material from the class is flawed.
A person knowledgeable in the art has to be able to replicate
the patent, as it was written up, in order for it to be approved by the patent office.
The patent cannot be obvious to be patentable is likely where you are confused. That is very different than the fiction of someone versed in the art having a reasonable opinion a patent won't work...that's the converse to obviousness that seems to extrapolate logically, but that converse logic results in nonsense.
In any case, there is no intellectual property at issue in this thread...at issue was the scope of the project, the knowledge required, the time needed to execute it, the money needed, the knowledge of vehicle dynamics to a PhD level, control theory and loop tuning to a PhD level, and tens of thousands of lines of software and man-years of testing and refinement.
Absolutely nothing to do with patents.
Absolutely does have to do with an idea, which is not a patent or invention. Ideas are a dime a dozen in worth because it's the execution that matters...everybody has ideas, few have the knowledge, experience, funds, time, resources, etc to either kill it or develop it.
Wishes don't make mere ideas real. And reality is usually a kick in the gonads nobody likes to hear or see. The wish bubble pops.
Yes, you can build a car with thumb throttles for the electric motor and foot pedal for the ICE. That's not a hybrid.