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Old 01-06-2004, 10:00 PM   #1
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Question Question about hybrids?????

I've been thinking about this hybrid crap for quite awhile now, and since the Prius was named Car of the Year, I got to thinking more. How is the air conditioning configured, or the heater for that matter? If it is configured in the conventional manner then the gasoline engine is being used to turn the compressor and generate heat for the blower. Not a big deal except that most of the smog occurs during the summer months, and, well, that is when I usually use my a/c. I just really wonder if the benefit is there to the extent that it is promoted.
The other issue is the cost. The up-front and maintenance costs. You could draw a comparison to buying a diesel engine over gas in a pickup. It just really takes a long time to justify the difference in cost, plus the maintenance differences.
Also, and I know many of us on the forum are in emergency services, there is the matter of the batteries and the high-voltage cables. Yeah, the batteries are supposed to remain intact in an accident, but so were Pinto gas tanks.

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Old 01-06-2004, 10:39 PM   #2
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Get a copy of the latest Car & Driver magazine, they cover this car in detail. The article also explains the a/c and heat issue you asked about.
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Old 01-06-2004, 11:01 PM   #3
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all so you get better gas mlg. on a hybrids
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personally, i don't think the added cost will ever be offset by the higher milage. The greeners should be forced to walk the walk they talk, and buy the hybrids. They have come along way in a short time, and with computer tweeks (that toyota is making very hard to do) can be great performing cars. Still, the high price of the vehicles is a big obsticle. If the general public embraced the technology, then the price will go down accordingly. I am by no means a econut. I don't think we should ruin the environment, but the enviromentalists have gone way to far and are lying about a lot of things. If the price was reasonable, and performance equal or better, I would buy one, but for fuel saving reasons. until then, give me the good ole gas engines.
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Re: Question about hybrids?????

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Also, and I know many of us on the forum are in emergency services, there is the matter of the batteries and the high-voltage cables. Yeah, the batteries are supposed to remain intact in an accident, but so were Pinto gas tanks.
I was thinking the same thing when I read the article in Motor Trend and looked at the diagrams of the car. I've seen some pretty horrendous wrecks before, ones that left the vehicle torn to shreds. I know that even with a normal 12 volt electrical system there are still tons of hazards when it comes to extricating a patient out of a vehicle, airbags being one of those huge hazards. I would be majorly concerned about the amount of wiring in the Prius and the possibility of accidentally coming into contact with any of it during an extrication attempt, especially since the design of the electrical system is very foreign to most people. Not your typical 12 volt "lets cut the battery cables" kind of vehicle.
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well get ready.. in a few years the vehicles will be 48 volt system because of the massive electronics of cars now days. but then, even with them, you cut the negitive wire and electricly your safe.. the hybrids will be the problem
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I didn't realize that anyone had done an article in depth on those topics yet. I guess I'll go buy the mag.
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The A/C runs off electricity, so when you come to a stop and the engine turns off it'll still work. I'm pretty sure that the heat will just keep blowing while at a stop because the engine will still be warm. I'd seriously consider getting a Prius if I was looking to get another car. I don't think you will ever make-up the initial cost of the car through the amount of money you save on gas but it's still got alot of nice features and is a midsize sedan. The only thing I'm worried about is the automatic keyless entry, all you do is walk up to the car and it'll automaticly unlock the doors as soon as you touch the door handle. I think if your close enough to your car to activate it then somebody else could jump in and take whatever is in your car.
The first mod I would get was a license plate that said U LOSE or ULL LOSE, just for kicks.

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