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Originally posted by deltaboy
as much as i love to see an alternative that could make America less reliant on foreign oil, reduce pollution etc. the inventor did use the trunk as extra room to add more batteries. so the question is where do u put a stack of groceries or bags of clothes to? the technology still has a lot to go before u can put small batteries that powers the car to about 100 miles to the gallon while not consuming space.
Originally posted by elevatedone
I would give up the trunk space for the extra mileage...
heck, use the back seats for hauling the groceries...
As you well know, the true environmental impact of a plug-in depends on the source of the electrical charge. Coal-burning power plants do not lessen the greenhouse gas production and criteria pollutants increase. Secondly, to create a vehicle that meets consumers’ needs, a breakthrough in battery technology in regard to capacity, durability and cost, is necessary. Outside experts predict this isn’t likely to happen this decade.
In the meantime, we are strongly committed to our hybrid technology which offers a great balance of reduced petroleum consumption, improved fuel economy, cleanest criteria pollutants and driving pleasure at a price people can afford. We have such confidence in hybrids’ durability and reliability that Toyota is looking to increase the number of gas-electric hybrids on the road. We have 10 hybrids under development globally now and by early next decade it's conceivable that 25 percent of the vehicles we sell here in the United States will have hybrid powertrains.
Originally posted by asawa
Nobody, including CNN, seems to be asking how much the electricity cost to plug his car in. I wouldn't be surprised if he actually spent MORE money by plugging it in instead of just using gas, but I don't know for certain. If he did actually save money, then you'd think lots of people would start doing this.