Hybrid Toyota Prius Gets 100 MPG

Imagine getting 100 miles per gallon. That's what a hybrid Toyota Prius, retrofitted with an electric plug and heavy duty battery, is promising.

The car will travel about 40 miles in city traffic for about 80 cents worth of electricity. The cost: 4 dollars a week! That's about the cost of just one gallon of gas.

The car is the proud creation of Tallahassee owner Fran Sullivan-Fahs. The car was at a facility powered in part by solar energy, which means it could actually be free to drive.


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  • by Jon Tamse Location: Rancho Cordova on Sep 2, 2008 at 10:15 AM
    I hope that car can achieve 55 to 75 mph just running on pure electric power. Most Californians use freeway as part of their commute to work. If the car can be driven at that speed, then there is no need for gas at all. The disadvantage of Prius right now, even if configured as a plug-in is that it cannot reach freeway speed on pure electric mode. The gas engine will always kick in at speeds of 55-75 mph, thus tying you forever to oil, unless you use the Prius only as a neighborhood vehicle along residential streets.
  • by Barb Location: Michigan on Sep 2, 2008 at 08:28 AM
    I'm a Prius owner and I'm glad to see that they are improving it even more. I'm very happy with this vehicle, didn't think it could get any better until now.
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