I’m rolling down the road in suburban Detroit in the back seat of a 2014 Toyota Prius that has already seen 97,000 miles pass under its wheels. A thought bubble appears above my head: Isn’t it time for all gasoline-powered vehicles to be hybridized?
Judging by the way this Prius sounds, feels and performs, you’d never know it has been driven a distance that equals nearly four trips around the world.
The car is one of the newest in a fleet of 34 Toyota Prius taxis operated by Michigan Green Cabs in metro Detroit and nearby Ann Arbor, Mich.
Jonathan Tobias, president of the cab company, says drivers run 24/7 and accumulate about 100,000 miles per year on the gasoline-electric hybrids.
There’s no doubt in Tobias’ mind that gasoline-electric hybrids can go the distance with minimal maintenance.