Taking a Prius Up a Mountain

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  1. NikonsAndVStroms

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    So my father is obsessed with getting a Prius making me go :huh

    But 1 issue that I think will come up, his commute includes a 15 minute severe uphill....literally climbing up a mountain. Will the battery last for that or will it be struggling on gas only near the top?
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  2. Tweaker

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    Think of all the regenerative braking on the way down. It all evens out. Is he looking at a plug-in?
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    He wants it, but my step mom already said no to a car that slow (it's 2 seconds slower to 60).
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  4. Hughlysses

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    Sounds like choice of which automobile is the least of his problems.
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  5. Dave

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    If you press the pedal far enough (more than, say 1/2") the regular engine will kick in, and it will go up just like any normal car. It will have no more or less traction than any other front drive car. (dependent upon quality of tires, of course)
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  6. Garp

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    If you take a Prius up a mountain, please, for the sake of road users everywhere, launch it off the mountain when you get to the top.

    I did actually see one pulled over by a cop last weekend, I can only assume the cop got pissed off following at the Prius-mandated 10MPH under the limit.
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    What I'm wondering is can the electric motor keep going for 15 minutes straight without a chance to recharge since he'll need full gas + electric to make it up at any half decent rate.
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    I'm trying to find everything wrong with them that I can so he doesn't buy one.
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    This thread is going to wind up in CS&M.

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    Why would you not want him to buy one and why would you care whether or not the gas motor kicks in? It makes no difference to the driver when it switches back and forth. The one we have at work has been doing the duty of the S-10 pickup it replaced without a single complaint from our field crews. It is faster, more comfortable, gets better mileage and has been way more reliable. They like it and treat it just like our other work trucks.

    In other words a Prius doesn't require any special driving skills or treatment. Our little work truck of a Prius is pretty comfortable, gets great mileage and drives just like any other decent subcompact. But the amazing thing is not one repair in two years of commercial abuse where it is always hauling a load of tools and two guys. You could do a lot worse than buying a Prius when it comes to compacts and subcompacts regardless of powertrain.

    Anyway, I don't mean to jack you up about it. I am just saying they are nicer cars than people give them credit for. I was 100% against buying the thing for my GPS crews but have since had to admit I was 100% wrong about it. And just because hypermilers accelerate gently, drive slowly, coast a lot and go as far as possible in EV mode doesn't mean that is all the car is capable of. My field crews sure as hell don't drive it that way.

    Bottom line is that they are actually pretty nice little cars to drive just like any other Toyota transportation appliance.
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  11. mark883

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    Volt.

    All the electric with none of the Prius.
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    The Volt does seem like a very nice car. But at $8,000 more than the Prius plug in hybrid and over $20,000 more than a Prius C it should be.
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    Appliance being the bottom line, built with all the excitement and passion of a Maytag washing machine. If that's what you want, then great, but I suspect most people here want a little more out of their cars. If we cared that much about Fuel Economy we wouldn't be riding bikes in great big pointless circles round the country just for the hell of it :D There are so many more involving cars that you could spend your money on if fuel economy is a factor get a VW TDI, not a Prius.
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    I agree. Just saying that if somebody wants one why bother trying to talk them out of it? They work just as well as any other transportation appliance.
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    Some people want to commit suicide, but I'd try and talk them out of that too :D
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    I've got 85K miles on my 2007 Prius and it's been a great car. People who ride in it for the first time seem to expect it to be a golf cart, but it's just a very nice mid-size car--that gets (in my case) 49 mpg since new. I'd buy another one in heartbeat. I even got a speeding ticket in it.
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    what difference does it make? it's a hybrid, meant to use what's required, not an electric.
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    I have 54K on my '07, and it too just goes. My wife and I gave a friend a ride the other day. At first he grimaced about having to ride in the back. Once in, he commented on how roomy it is.

    You guys are missing out. Just don't get it in some loud color, and you can do WELL over the speed limit on any highway, and the cops don't even bat an eye.

    Awesome Q ship. :evil

    Hauls a ton of crap, too. :clap
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  20. Anorak

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    I just finished a class on hybrid vehicle technology. We had a bunch of used transaxles, motors and batteries from various taxi service Priuses. These are used in San Francisco which as you may know has a lot of hills. When they get up in the high 100k mile range in taxi service, the transmission fluid should be changed. The debris makes it conductive and it will trigger a check engine light. There's a center bearing that can go bad in taxi service above 200k miles.

    Put it another way, they're very reliable in taxi service. Your dad is probably not going to drive it like a taxi. My stepdad has a 2010. I enjoy driving it. The dynamics are good. In suburban neighborhoods, it's fun to see if it can be kept in the pure electric mode for as long as possible.
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