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Re: 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 

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. 

Long Island, NY
Zone 6/7

"We don't do enough to exploit renewable energy resources."

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!

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

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