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.
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!
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.
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?
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...
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