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40 mpg Prius vs 50 mpg European Diesel cars - Page 24

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Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on May 2, 2006, 11:01 am

Gasoline is more versatile.

Posted by Michelle Steiner on May 2, 2006, 2:43 pm
 perfb@yahoo.com wrote:

Diesel pollutes more than gasoline does; once sulphur is removed from
Diesel fuel, that might change.

Further, in many parts of the US, Diesel is more expensive than regular
unleaded gasoline--and is often more expensive than hi-test unleaded.  
Especially in the winter, when Diesel is used for heating homes in the
Northeast part of the country.

But where did you get that 40 MPG figure for the Prius?  Most of us get
in the neighborhood of 50 MPG, and some get 60 MPG.

Stop Mad Cowboy Disease:  Impeach the son of a Bush.

Posted by The I'm done being benevolent on May 2, 2006, 10:25 pm

Didn't use to be.  In years past diesel was much cheaper than gas.  I
don't know why it's higher now, perhaps because of environmental crap.

Tell me is the 50 and 60 MPG figure city driving or on trips.  I'm told
on trips the milage goes down because the gas engine is running more.  
In city driving the electric is running more.  Is this true?

Posted by Michael Pardee on May 3, 2006, 2:04 am
In our older (2002) version, we get mid/upper 40s around town, although good
weather pushes it over 50. It also gets around 50 at 65 mph, but drops to
the very low 40s (depending on load) at 75 mph. Air resistance, for sure.
The current version is supposed to do better at least in town, dunno about
the highway.


Posted by Martin Dixon on May 4, 2006, 4:23 pm

I would expect a hybrid to do well in stop start driving, since
regenerative braking saves fuel as does not running the engine when
the car is stationary.  For open road driving it won't be much better
than any other petrol car, since the only saving comes from running
the engine at optimal efficiency, and against this we have the losses
in the generator and motor.

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