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Posted by SMS on January 6, 2010, 4:58 am

Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

I have never heard or seen any Prius owner claim that the Prius is an
electric car.

That said, the term "hybrid" is usually misused when used to describe
the Prius (or other "hybrids" from Toyota). "Hybrid Synergy Drive"
refers to the transmission and how the wheels can be driven from either
electric motors or from the gasoline engine. It doesn't refer to a
choice of fuel sources. The Prius is strictly a gasoline powered car.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on January 6, 2010, 11:15 am

You've never even visited, say, priuschat.com for five minutes, then.

Posted by SMS on January 13, 2010, 7:47 pm

Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

That is a true statement. If there are people there claiming that the
Prius is an electric car then it's probably the sort of forum that I'd
be happier not visiting.

Posted by Al Falfa on January 13, 2010, 8:15 pm

Then why do you visit Usenet?

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on January 6, 2010, 12:32 am

It's not splitting hairs to say that the Volt when plugged into your
electric grid is NOT a zero emissions vehicle at any time.  Carbon
emissions are created in order to insert energy into your Volt.

Now, if you use strictly a solar panel setup to collect energy and put
it into your Volt, that would make it zero emissions up to the point
where the gasoline engine fired up.  If you ran it strictly under 40
miles between such solar-based charges, you could legitimately say you
have a zero emissions vehicle.

But people, who are by and large stupid and don't grasp even the basics
of the world in which we live--and pride themselves on that
ignorance--will insist otherwise, will ignore the Volt's engine running,
and will say they have an all-electric vehicle.

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