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Posted by fortunata on May 13, 2008, 8:40 pm
thanks, good suggestion. And for those with fourth-grade minds...I hate
tickling but I love groping.

Posted by richard schumacher on May 27, 2008, 5:58 pm
The answer depends on the question.  You drive very little but need a
car; do you want to:
- minimize petroleum use and air pollution?  Then get a Prius.
- minimize total direct cost of ownership?  Then get a used Corolla,
Civic, or Kia.

Posted by David Kelly on May 13, 2008, 1:29 am
 fortunata wrote:

Your friend would know more if he didn't think he knew cars. He
certainly doesn't know Prius.

The Prius battery has no problems staying charged at any speed. The
engine doesn't stop unless its at least partially warm *and* the battery
is reasonably charged. Sit stopped with the A/C on the engine will run a
couple of minutes every 5 or 10 which the charge on the battery varies
from nearly low to nearly full for the range it displays.

What the heck do you mean by, "part of the trip is 40 mpg"?

Do you worry about the battery in a conventional car going dead due to
such short trips? No? Why not? Hint: same reason a Prius isn't going to
have battery charge problems on your short trips.

No more than you worry about the battery going dead due to sh

Some national chain rental car places rent Prius.

I think you need a Tesla: http://www.teslamotors.com/  . Put your money
down now and you might get one in 12 to 18 months.

Posted by Pete Granzeau on May 13, 2008, 8:19 pm

I would say you need an electric for running around in town, and you
could then rent a car for the trips for which an electric would be
unsuitable (those 20 mile drives still seem within electric vehicle
range, however).

When the plugin hybrids come out (2010 or 2011 model years at earliest),
they might be suitable for what you want.

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