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Elizabeth M
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Re: Good news
Elizabeth M   5/19/2014 5:40:32 AM
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Yes, Laguna_b, the popularity of the Prius seems to speak for itself. It's interesting to hear some of its strengths. Again, I wonder how other companies could mimic what Toyota has done with the Prius to make other hybrids and EVs more successful. There are obviously as you point out very good reasons people love their Priuses.

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Re: Good news
Laguna_b   5/15/2014 6:45:25 PM
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I can't quite imagine how I would reccomend the Prius more. Usability - I could carry more stuff when needed than any vehicle I have owned other than my van. 66k miles and only regular maintenance. Great mileage and resale. I once carried a full grandfther clock 7' long in it!

Charles Murray
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Re: Volt's Birthday!
Charles Murray   5/15/2014 6:11:49 PM
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I, too, think that the PHEV is potentially a great choice, because it offers people like me (who drive outside a 250-mile range fairly often) a gasoline backup. The cost is still too high for me, though. I'll do it when the prices come down pretty significantly.   

Elizabeth M
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Re: Good news
Elizabeth M   5/7/2014 4:53:46 AM
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You make some excellent points, benmiee, especially the ones about cab drivers and the Prius. It actually would be interesting to take a look at the Prius and explore what Toyota has done right. Correct me if I'm wrong, someone, but the Prius is the most successful hybrid to date, no?

Laguna_b
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Re: Volt's Birthday!
Laguna_b   5/5/2014 6:47:09 PM
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I think the PHEV concept is great for those not ready to take the full EV plunge. It certainly removes range anxiety as an issue. For me the relatively low MPG in hybrid mode vs my Prius deterred me. But when you consider that you still have all the maintenace issues of a dirty engine wearing itself out with heat...  We realized that we had put some 17000 miles on our Ford Focus EV and yet to have it serviced except firmware updates, we were contacted to bring it in for "fluids check" which I guess is cooling for the battery and windshield, plus tire rotation. That is it.....

Firends who I got to buy the Ford Focus PHEV went 2 mos on the first tank of gas....not bad...

Charles Murray
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Re: RAV4 EV & Ford Focus EV
Charles Murray   5/5/2014 6:38:03 PM
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Most of the EV owners I've talked with have adopted one of your two your strategies, laguna_b. Either they own a gas-burning car (it's not always a Prius, however), or they rent a gas-burner.

Charles Murray
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Re: Volt's Birthday!
Charles Murray   5/5/2014 6:31:47 PM
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Impressive, ChrisSharek. That's the beauty of the Volt -- operating off electricity until you need that range extender. Great numbers!

far911
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Re: Volt's Birthday!
far911   5/4/2014 2:59:06 PM
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I did n that's why I think it's really impressive.

ChriSharek
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Re: Volt's Birthday!
ChriSharek   5/4/2014 7:58:29 AM
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That 85 mpg was for the single 100 mile trip. Averaging 230 mpg over 47, 000 miles.... Read all the posts, Mr far911!

far911
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Re: Volt's Birthday!
far911   5/4/2014 3:42:39 AM
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85 mpg, figures sound unbelievable , n yet extraordinary.

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