[quote=“joesax”]Really? More details please!
I’m all for hybrid/greener vehicles where and when practical.
More details about me going shopping? OK,…
No, seriously, my GF and I bought the Prius two months ago after our 10 years old former car broke down repeatedly and started to cost a fortune to repair. So far, we’re very happy with our choice. The Prius is definitely not some crazy eco concept car without practical use. It’s large enough to travel with 4 people plus (some) luggage (done that), it’s powerful enough (the 400Nm torque from the electrical motor is quite impressive), very quiet in the city (not so much on the highway), fuel efficient and produces very low emissions.
For driving long distances on the highway, a car with a powerful diesel engine would’ve been the better choice, but for my driving pattern, the Prius is perfect. It would certainly be a good car for driving in Taiwan too. AFAIK, there’s only one Prius in Taiwan right now (somebody imported it from Japan), but I remember reading that Hotai (the Toyota and Lexus distributer for Taiwan) wants to start selling the Prius in 2006.
Fuel Efficiency: How it works
Priuschat (probably contains answers to every possible question)
Let me know if you need more details.
It comes with a 8 year warranty on all hybrid components (and 5 years on the rest of the car). I’m quite sure in 8 years there’ll be more advanced and cheaper batteries should they have to be replaced. Hey, maybe I’ll even by that steamer BMW then. I guesstimate the replacement of the entire battery right now would cost around 3500 EUR, which isn’t that much, considering the total costs of ownership of a car.
Here’s another interesting, er… vehicle which looks like it’s fuel saving, too, and even more fun to drive: