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Green Cars: 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Posted September 23, 2011 8:00 AM by CarDomain

At first, I really hated it. In fact, after driving it home the first day I decided I was done with the thing. I wasn't going to drive it anymore for a week. I was just going to walk and ride my bike. How green is that?

But the next day I forced myself to drive it again. And then something happened. I turned into a hypermiler: you know, that guy or gal who ruins it for everyone else on the road by moving at a glacial pace and only accelerating when life depends on it. I was trying so hard to get to 50 mpg that soon I was coasting down hills, gently easing up hills, and generally just letting cars stack up behind me.

Now onto the whole plug-in thing. In theory, this thing can go 13 miles on electricity alone if it's fully charged. Trouble is, I don't have reliable power in my garage, so I had to go plug it in over at my friend James' house. James is a high school teacher and kind of a hippy, so he was totally fine with having a plug-in Prius parked in his driveway, sucking electricity out of his house. We charged for about 10 minutes before I got bored, then hit the road. It bought us about .7 miles, which turned to .3 on the first uphill. Oh well. But you (and I) get the idea.

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09/24/2011 1:53 AM

Is this supposed to be some kind of humor?

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09/24/2011 2:58 AM

In my opinion, (Many may or may not argue), when it was introduced at 72 MPG, it was a joke! It is not tested in the USA as other vehicles, but was allowed to be calculated in Japan by whatever methods & testing done there.

I heard a rumor that the EPA director's wife bought one & was completely disatisfied with the actual fuel economy perfomance. It was quickly derated to around 54 mpg with an article in the Detriot Free Press claiming that if you drove a Pruis from Detriot to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, your fuel savings would be enough to pay for the family vacation! What a crock of sh...

I saved the article. My question is why Toyota gets aways with calculating fuel economy in Japan & not have to test in the USA like all other manufacturers including their Japanese competitors like Honda, Mazda & Nissan, let alone USA & European manufacturers? How much of our government & news media are owned & influenced by Toyota? You are not alone in your complaint!

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09/24/2011 8:38 AM

It all has to do with politics and money.

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09/24/2011 9:03 AM

With our technology in todays achievement's of science, it is possible to create a car that is self reliant. Meaning, the capabilities to charge the batteries as it drives, to be able to make its' own power has been developed for more then 20 years. The biggest drawback to the technology being delivered to the general public, the world as we know it today, is the greed of money and control over the people. The oil tycoons and big auto manufactures are in control of our world economy. And with an auto that is self reliant, and being electric to boot, would greatly cut out the need for petroleum to run our transportation as it does now.

It would be nice to not have to pay $3.50 up to $5.00 plus per gallon of fuel. That is billions of dollars not going to the greedy oil mungers of the world. They are not happy with any of the hybrids being developed today, much-less the demands of the world as a whole to make our environments a better place to live in the future.

Since the mid 1930's this has been an ongoing battle in which several people have been eliminated over the past 80 years to make such achievements. Pogue was the first in fuel economy with a system that allowed for a 500ci engine to gain 100mpg. There are hints that his design was a groundbreaking achievement due to the introduction of a first stage hydrogen on demand fuel mixture. Stan Meyers was the next great achiever when he developed the hydrogen on demand/ hydrogen engine. He even designed his own injector spark-plugs that performed miraculously and his auto was ran on nothing but normal tap water. He was eliminated 1 week after he presented his achievements to the patent office. Then all the paid engineers and doctorates tried to debunk him because he was a simple layman with out a formal college degree. Then the biggest squash was with when Rockefeller had Tesla eliminated because he had a way to allow everyone free electricity in their homes.

This why the filthy rich do not want these achievements brought forward to the world. They cannot make money and control the people. Electricity is the biggest money pit in the world, period! We have based our our existence around electricity for survival. Imagine no electricity........our country and the rest of the world would be like living with out 99% of our technology today. You would still be rubbing sticks together for light.

Now, it would be great to not have to pay some greed munger the millions of dollars per year for power in our homes. Then there would be no control of the people. Just the same as fuel oil and petrol.

The technology has been available for over 30 years. But kept under lock and key.

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09/25/2011 7:38 PM

You wrote, "With our technology in todays achievement's of science, it is possible to create a car that is self reliant. Meaning, the capabilities to charge the batteries as it drives"

Sure, every car recharges its batteries while driving. However, if you believe that it will generate enough power to keep itself running, not even close.

I think your statement overlooks a few things. One of them is reality.

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09/27/2011 8:04 AM

There is a T.V. show made by the B.B.C. called TOP GEAR. On one episode the presenter followed a Prius around London in a B.M.W. 5 series. The Beemer was MORE ECONOMICAL than the Prius.

In my own experience i had a Toyota minibus (22 seats) with a four cylinder motor of 2 liters. I replaced it with a Chev 5 liter and went from 12m.p.g to 18m.p.g. The worst i could do with the Chevy was 12m.p.g. towing a speed boat at 110 km/h (65mph) with several people on board. The Toyota couldn't reach that speed downhill without towing and no passengers.

In the words of the presenter " it's not what you drive, it's how you drive."

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