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Toyota to sell plug-in hybrids to consumers in 2 years


Every time I read an article like this, I notice that they seldom talk about real life range. The old Toyota RAV4 EV would go 60 miles on a single charge. It was also capable of topping 80 MPH. Sounds like a usable combination right? WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! The nasty little secret about the 60 mile figure and the 80 MPH figure is that it cannot do both at the same time. Talking with those who know better will tell you that at 60 MPH it was lucky to go 30 miles before the batteries were down to zilch. We have a steep oanyon road between Salt Lake City and the city of Evenston. In the original Prius, if you were to drive 65 at the bottom of the canyon,you could go 65 at the summit. If you drove 80 at the bottom of the canyon you would find yourself in snail mode at the summit barely able to break 35 MPH. If it were a pure electric, you would not make it to the summit, much less to Evenston. I had the opportunity of driving a RAV4 EV at Toyotas headquarters in Torrance and, without ever leaving the campus there we flattened the batteries in less that 30 minuts.... Trust me, I was there and it wasn't pretty realizing that we could not have made it to San Diego that day. I think that the majority of users of these electric cars will find themselves in a hybrid for their next car.



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