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The Most Stringent Emissions Certification
The Prius produces over 70 percent fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new vehicle. The Prius has been certified as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) in California and those states adopting California standards. In the rest of the country, Prius is certified as Tier 2, Bin 3. In addition, In California and states adopting the California rules, Prius is certified as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV). The AT-PZEV certification requires the SULEV exhaust standard linked with the ability to meet a zero-fuel-evaporative standard, a 150,000-mile durability demonstration, extended emissions system warranty, and technology deemed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to advance future fuel cell vehicles.
Originally posted by ColdWater
U.S. Toyota Prius has never had a battery failure other than wreck since introduced 2001. Dealers want to deter you from buying a Prius because people that buy them are dedicated to gas savings and stick with the Prius for years after they buy.
People who buy less efficient cars trade in after a few years. Dealers don't make money if you don't trade in your car or buy new.
Yes, the batteries are quite long-lasting and durable.
However, at the dealership where I worked, we were certainly not trying to deter people from buying a hybrid. It was quite the opposite. We were quite happy to tell them that they were going to get great gas mileage and save lots of money and that they should buy right now and start saving right away because gas prices were only going higher. They went off the lot as soon as they came in and there were always plenty of people who wanted to be notified when more were coming.
Originally posted by tamerlane
This is the main point: If you are considering changing vehicles so that you can save money, DO NOT BUY A HYBRID!
If your purpose for buying a hybrid is for the status symbol that shows to the world that you are someone who is environmentally conscious, then it may still be worth it to you.
If you want to buy a hybrid because you honestly want to make a positive change in the environment, I wouldn't bother if I were you. Check out this thread An Inconvenient Truth...but a Convenient Solution and see if you still feel the same way.