July 19, 2010

hybridization day one

Filed under: prius — admin @ 8:43 pm

Driving the Prius for the first day reminds me of the old Othello slogan – “a minute to learn, a lifetime to master” — well, hopefully not THAT long but there is clearly a bit of artistry and skill required to keep the gasoline engine off and the mileage pegged at 99.9 … apparently the tricky bit is understanding how hard to press the pedal and push the electric engine alone, right until the battery gets too low and the ICE kicks in. ¬†Sweltering temperatures and required always-on A/C don’t help. ¬†But a smooth and quiet ride, and still better fuel efficiency than the old wagon (no slouch itself), make for a good start.

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