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Prius at 100MPH?

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Posted by JHB on July 4, 2007, 7:43 pm

I just saw that Al Gore's son was pulled over for driving his Prius at
100MPH. Is this possible? I have a Prius (2007 version)  and have the
impression it would be working hard to get up to 90!

Has anyone heard of a Prius going at 100 before?

John Baker

Posted by Marc Gerges on July 4, 2007, 8:45 pm

Mine (2005) stops at 180 km/h. That is about 112 mph. It certainly does
work to go there, but not more than any other car with about the same
amount of power.

It does keep its speed on slight uphills, so I presume there would be
enough power to go on a little further. But it's governed by the max rpm
on the traction motor, so that's where it stops.

It's no more fun at 110 mph than at 70 or 80, but it consumes a lot more
at 110.


Posted by Bob & Holly Wilson on July 4, 2007, 10:30 pm

I've had my 2003, NHW11 up to 94 mph before running out of road:


With another mile or so, I'd have been to 100 mph but the up coming
curve was built for 50 mph.

Bob Wilson

Posted by notaguru on July 4, 2007, 11:57 pm

My '04 has cruised nicely at 100 or more on the road to Las
Vegas, and was often passed by other traffic. That's probably
the fastest highway in CA...

Posted by jj on July 19, 2007, 7:11 pm

I have an '05. After the break in period, I wound mine up as fast as
it would go. I got to 105. Now I have my tires inflated to 47psi. I
had them at 50psi when I go them but the car didn't feel very secure
at my normal 64 mph. I couldn't imagine how unsafe it would feel at
105 mph with the tires inflated any higher.

One of the un-for-seen benifits of my owning and driving my Prius is
that I drive no faster than 64 mph now. My mileage is consistantly
over 50mpg, and I have not gotten a speeding ticket since I bought it.
My whole driving style is much less aggressive, and I have reson to
believe my whole attitude is more calm and relaxed.


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