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Re: news of the day: hybrid cars

Also, Theresa, remember that if you do go to a dealership for a test
drive (either Honda or Toyota) don't expect the salesperson to know what
they are talking about. Unfortunately I have heard of alot of
salespeople spreading misinformation about hybrid vehicles. Just be
aware that they may not know their product.

If you want to know anything about the Prius, how it works, how it handles, feel free to email me.

Good luck!


In a message dated 11/12/2003 9:56:12 AM Eastern Standard Time, tchessie@comcast.net writes:

> Thanks Eva!  I will check it out.
> Theresa
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
> Behalf Of EvaTEsq@aol.com
> Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 3:06 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] news of the day: hybrid cars
> The Prius is the greatest car I have ever driven. It is truly revolutionary.
> The technology is fantastic. I'm not sure how much you have learned about
> hybrid cars, but you may already know that you never "plug it in." It's
> funny how
> many people think that YOU have to charge the battery. They don't realize
> that
> the regenerative braking system and the engine charge the battery whenever
> necessary.
> I have a 2003 Toyota Prius, but the 2004 Prius is supposed to be even
> better.
> It's a little larger (by a few inches), a little roomier and gets better
> mileage per gallon, like 55-60 mpg.  It is also bluetooth enabled, which
> means if
> you have a bluetooth phone you can talk handsfree through the car's
> speakers!
> Also, although Honda also makes hybrid vehicles, the Insight and the Civic
> Hybrid, Honda's hybrid system is different from the Toyota Hybrid System in
> that, the Toyota Hybrid System permits brief but frequent periods of driving
> in
> what Prius drivers call "stealth mode", which is when the engine shuts off
> and
> the car is being powered by the battery only! That is very cool. Although
> the
> car is generally pretty quiet, when in stealth mode the car is absolutely
> silent. It's neat & eerie when you're not used to it. The engine comes on
> whenever
> the car needs it, and the transition is seamless; you don't notice it if
> you're not listening for it.
> Theresa, if you are interested in learning more about hybrids, there is an e
> mail discussion list at Yahoo Groups, called "Toyota-prius"
> (http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/toyota-prius/).  I think there is also
> another list on yahoo
> for hybrids where they talk more about the Honda Civic Hybrid.
> If you want to learn as much as possible about the Prius, this discussion
> list is a great resource. They discuss just about every topic imaginable
> regarding the car.
> Eva
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 6/7
> "We don't do enough to exploit renewable energy resources."
> Me
> In a message dated 11/11/2003 4:20:59 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> wmorgan972@ameritech.net writes:
> I love my hybrid "quiet car."  If we could afford it, our other car would
> also be a hybrid. :>D  Folks think they should be dogs on their small
> engines, but they forget that a hybrid can combine the power of the engine
> AND the electric motor.  (Mine is a Toyota Prius.)
> I did, however, startle a bunch of "Trick or Treaters" on Beggars' Night by
> rolling up to a friend's driveway on all electric!  They were just sure the
> car had died! LOL!!!  You get some odd looks driving in 
> what Eva calls
> "stealth mode."  It's great!
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

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