Posted by Was Istoben on October 8, 2008, 3:14 pm
The Prius captures, stores and uses kinetic energy. Sometimes it operates
as an electric car, especially when backing up or starting from a dead stop.
The Prius has an all-electric mode enabled automatically in U.S. models;
both automatically and under switch control in other, non- U.S. versions.
Because of its ability to capture kinetic energy, gasoline is *not* its only
propellant. In fact, the captured kinetic energy is largely responsible for
its great gas mileage and long-lasting brakes. It's not an electric car and
its not a gas car. It's a hybrid.
Posted by Michelle Steiner on October 8, 2008, 5:14 pm
The ultimate source of that kinetic energy is gasoline.
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Posted by Chas Gill on October 8, 2008, 5:54 pm
Well, if we are going to be picky, the ULTIMATE source of that kinetic
energy is the Sun, so really it's solar-powered ;-)
Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on October 8, 2008, 8:35 pm
The kinetic energy comes from--take a deep breath--the burning of
gasoline. Period. No other source of energy causes the kinetic energy.
It's not a Tesla. It's a gas-burning Prius. Only a moron would come
into the Prius newsgroup and talk about a Tesla, just like only a moron
would go into a Windows newsgroup and talk about Macintosh.
It is never an electric car--the hybrid synergy drive is a SYSTEM that
happens to use electricity as part of the SYSTEM. You
cannot--CANNOT--divorce the electrics from the internal combustion
engine. The two operate as a SYSTEM, unlike the Tesla which is a pure
That a car uses electricity to do some things doesn't make it an
electric car. Every car uses electricity to start the engine and to run
the lights and radio; does that mean that we should discuss any and
every car in this forum?
The ONLY source of energy put into the Prius is gasoline. Period. It
is a gasoline car. How it manages that gasoline, how the SYSTEM manages
that gasoline energy, is one thing. But make no mistake--and you
repeatedly do--the Prius can do nothing without gasoline being put into
The Tesla does everything without a drop of gasoline put into it, right?
So this is a Prius newsgroup, and the Prius is as unrelated to the Tesla
as it is a Pontiac.
Posted by Was Istoben on October 8, 2008, 9:24 pm
Using this logic, then, my Tesla would be a coal car and someone else's
Tesla would be a hydroelectric car. The next guy's Tesla would actually be
running on natural gas and someone else's would be nuclear powered. I find
this quite amusing. I suppose if your grid contains power from multiple
sources the Tesla would have to be a hybrid.