Hybrids vs Plug-in Hybrids: The Future of Toyota Prius
Let's see how electric car enthusiasts see the future of Toyota Prius comparing the pure Hybrid vs Plug-in Hybrid. The following comments are quoted from a discussion in Electric Cars Public group on Facebook.
The hybrids are completely meaningless, since the electric range is only about a mile, the fuel save is very small, if there is any because the car has to carry additional weight from the electric components.
The non plug in has an EV range of around a mile. Old plug in Prius EV range of around 11-15 miles. New plug in Prius is said to be between 22 and 35 miles.
I am extremely disappointed that Nissan is abandoning pure electric simply because they apparently cannot keep up in the technology race; I'm turning in my leased LEAF in two months and probably will never be going back to them again.
Mark Pittman Walker
I never saw the point in carrying around a battery when you can get a gas car that gets 40mpg, or "dirty diesel" (unknown at the time) that got 45mpg under the same conditions. I rented a Prius and got an average of 45 mpg, and never felt safe in it. Then in 5-10 years have to spend a lot of money for a new battery. The 10 EV-mile Prius is a complete waste when the Volt gets 50+ EV only range. EV only is still the best in terms of maintenance, as in- there is virtually none. I did not know that Nissan was getting out of the game- is that true? That would be utterly bad since they possess the tech to do it better! I was waiting for the eNV-200 van to come to the US.
Standard hybrids are a transitional technology, quickly becoming irrelevant by growing sales of medium range plug-in hybrids and pure EVs.