LOL! I keep one in the back of my Tahoe, in case of emergency.
When I was in visiting in CA., I saw a Prius with a license plate frame that said: 0-60 in 15 mins. I roared with laughter.
If they would put a diesel generator in them and drive them like nearly all heavy things with wheels, electric cars would be great, but battery power is a nightmare.
It doesn't cost any extra to just make a vehicle smaller and less powerful either. If I could afford to buy a new car I would have a 2012 Subaru right now.
Diesel Volkswagen is where it's at.
Curious, what keeps the world class diesel small cars and truck out of the U.S. market. I see references to various diesel models but mostly Toyota and perhaps primarily small trucks that are both inexpensive and run strong for a very long time.
I do like my air quality however folks are living and breathing where these vehicles are sold and used.
PS. Full disclosure I do not care for VW - ask me about our 75 Dasher- you will never buy a VW- horror story but did live through it..barely...dumb car...or maybe it was just the criminals that sold and serviced it.
"Remember the men from whom you are sprung"
From an owner of a Hemi Challenger R/T that gets I-don't-give-a-s^%#-gas-mileage, please stay the F&*( out of the left lane.
Go solar ! A big catamaran was built with just solar power . It's first big project was to go around the world . I has just completed the trip !! It only took two years !! LOL !
Felt like showing this. They just unveiled specs last night for the Empulse and Empulse RR. 100+ mph top speed and over 100 mile range on one charge.
IMHO Engine guys aka Gearhead or Motorhead etc. are not turned on by Motors, or they would collect electric mixers and magnets.
Face it, there's something about owning and running a machine that turns exploding gases into power umteen times a second. There's a sense of danger there that draws peoples interest much like knives or guns do, that the humm, whir or silence of an electric motor can never replace.
Don't believe, try shooting only air rifles for a year. Soon you'll find out that exploding gases were not only exciting, they're a lot of fun.
ABCD: David Stockman's investment strategy - "batteries, beans, water, gold.." Anything Bernanke Can't Destroy"
Nothing says save the environment like 118 lbs of Nickel metal hydride battery. And those things are not cheap at all.
VW TDI is the way to go IMO. They get 40+ MPG. if you want to save gas and drive slow then drive slow. If your not concerned about MPG for a moment and needs little boost. Hit the pedal and the turbo will come into play. With the Prius there is no option
I absolutely cannot stand how damn quiet these things are when they are running. My father has one and he has almost hit me twice while he was backing up.
I too have seen some Prius owners driving like a bat out of hell. They're saving the world at 85pmh. Reminds me of crazy ass soccer moms in minivans.
That being said, going that fast, doesn't the Prius only get 18mpg? That's what I've heard I just don't know if it's true.
Where I live and the road I drive on, I'd tear a Prius up pretty quick, and if I hit a deer with it I'd be fubar. And driving a Prius in the snow isn't something I'd really want to experience.
I still like trucks
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