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Plug-in Prius Offers Excellent MPG

Category: General News
Posted: February 3, 2009 08:28PM
Author: gebraset

Toyota has been one automaker along with many others, such as Honda, that are producing gas efficient cars. Honda has been catching on with their technology, but Toyota is now announcing that their new Prius that is a plug-in model hybrid, gets around sixty-five miles per gallon on average. Obviously, the car has to be plugged into an electric source and allowed time to charge in order to drive the vehicle. What is interesting is that the auto company is claiming that the figures are based on actual driving tests by normal drivers, and that no hypermiling techniques were used.



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Waco on February 3, 2009 09:07PM
Ah yes, let's burn coal to power our cars instead of gasoline. What a great way to reduce our carbon footprint! /sarcasm
malmsteenisgod on February 3, 2009 11:01PM
I was just wondering if drivers would even save money by just moving the cost of gas over to being the cost of electricity.
Waco on February 3, 2009 11:17PM
I haven't ever seen anyone actually saving money with a hybrid. The additional cost of the car doesn't get made up till many years down the road, long past when the batteries are scheduled to wear out.
Andrewr05 on February 4, 2009 05:28AM
65 MPG? Maybe on a slightly downhill straightaway following a tractor trailer with a strong tailwind...
BillyBuerger on February 4, 2009 07:44AM
Wow, a lot of hate for the prius. Yes, they generally overlook the details and just say "65mpg" ignoring the energy used to charge the batteries in the first place. But that doesn't mean that it isn't more efficient. I'd be interested in something that showed the overall energy/cost between a plug-in and non plug-in. Just some numbers I have. My Toyota Corrola gets about 35mpg on average and I've had it for about 4.5 years. I've been tracking my gas mileage and such since I got it. For fun, I assumed I got 25mpg and calculated how much more gas and money it would cost. Comes out to a little over $4,000. So about $1,000 per year. Drop that down to 20mpg which would be better than most SUVs and it jumps to over $8,000. Going the other way though, 65mpg would have only saved me $4,500 over the same 4.5 year period. That wouldn't cover the extra costs for the prius. But that still means less gas that we're buying from these "bad people" in the middle east.

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