Are hybrid cars all they are cracked up to be?

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  1. JohnBoy

    JohnBoy Well-Known Member

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    why?


    If they're buying, why not sell to them :)
     
  2. CORK

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    Huh?
     
  3. ponderosa

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    Electric, wind and solar were all created by genius trying to make a positive change. Then, got taken over by big businessmen who regularly push governments into buying/backing the product regardless of how good it is.
    Then it takes a couple decades and a new government to accept that it was a mistake and by then, the big business men will be ready to push something else.
     
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    Am interested in this as we are contemplating changing the car here. Currently have diesel but majority of time it’s used on short trips for school etc. One vehicle that has caught our attention is the Mitsubishi Outlander which is a plug in hybrid. We need something with a bit of space so that is why we need that size of a vehicle. Hard to decide what to go for but on paper it looks like it ticks a lot of the boxes!
     
  5. diesel power

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    Try and talk to someone who has one of those vehicles and get their opinion on it. The reason I say that is because I know 2 people with hybrids and both have said their cars are at best no more economical then full diesel cars and worst might be slightly harder on fuel. One of the cars is a Toyota but not a prius. I can't remember exactly other then it has a huge arse on it. I think the other car is a Nissan but not sure on that.
    Would a full electric car be better if short runs are all it will be doing?.
     
  6. headcase

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    My Mrs's 330d will do about 45mpg with her driving local
    I did get 61mpg on a trip to cornwall last year which I thought was fookin impressive seeing the roads round cornwall
     
  7. humungus

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    and if we change over to electricity where is the government going to get new income to replace the tax they take in on petrol and diesel
     
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    I spoke to 2 other people that have them and use them similar to what we would be doing. The feedback was good, both were frustrated with the availability of working charging points but at least you are not stuck as you can rely on petrol. Majority of daily drives are under 20 miles so that should be all electric and then at weekends we would be doing longer journeys and motorway use. Haven’t fully made our minds up but they seem to be a good value way of getting into this technology.
     
  9. Arthur

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    Ah but they will save a fortune on environmental fines..:whistle:
     
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    ah great , no new taxes then :lol:
     
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    Arthur, were you and your wife not tempted to go with the last of the Diesel Corolla 's or were you simply too late?
     
  12. Arthur

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    We traded a diesel 181 with 60,000 km, it was a top spec corolla a sol, the hybrid is a Luna sport, the sol was not nice as I think the low sidewall tyres didn't suit it's suspension and country roads, even a lot of road noise, its predecessor a142 Luna was a nicer drive. Also we were getting vat and a share of vrt off because wife's mother is being cared for so disability allowance and zero road tax so back to new costing 40 euro a month less, the 40 is probably used up in fuel costs and whether we will be better off when it comes to the next change only time will tell.
     
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    my accountant has one and loves it,ok it doesn’t look great (she had a golf before) but the fact it’s used £400 in electric and fuel to do 12000m is pretty impressive.
     
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    Thats sounds a bit pricey for 12 km. The Dodge is cheaper to run then that :laugh:. I'm guessing you mean 12k km?.
     
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    Miles I'd have said??
     
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  17. diesel power

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    Aye it's a bit obvious now you mention it. I'm over metric ized by the looks of it :blushing:
     
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    Old crewcab here does 28 to the gallon in old money. Approx 200k on the clock. But as long as she ll stay going, it s far more carbon friendly than buying any new hybrid IMO. Its there anyway and will probably still be driving for someone when todays hybrid will be calling for a new battery
     
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