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Well, my Prius does about 43 average year round with lots of short trips. SO that 10,000 miles of driving would take about 220 gallons.....which lately has cost about $700.

The last time I checked 10000 miles divided by 43 mpg = 232 gal. But that is not the entire point. When you plug in once (or twice) a day and you do a few of your short trips on EV, the mpg for your other trips goes up (in a Prius due to the warmup penalty). In my plugin Prius I'm getting 5-7 mpg more than in my 2010 Prius. Now if you. specifically, drive many short trips with a long cool off time inbetween, then this would do nothing for you.

But my point was to say that my personal situation applies to you or everybody. But I'm sure that there are lots of people in a similar situation as mine...the commute stats that I've seen on many occassions show that 40-50% of people have less than a 25 mile commute. And about half of those are less than ~15 miles.


For electricity, it's about 15c/KWH by the time you count everything here in TX...... so that would be $390.

You missed on this one as well. In the article they needed 2600 kwh to travel 10K miles in a Volt. In the Prius plug in I need only 1900 kwh. Even assuming 2000 kwh (since you do lots of self-described short trips I doubt they are at 70 mph on a freeway). At 15 cents/kwh this is $300.

Granted, a savings of $100 more or less per year is not going to suddenly make large numbers of people suddenly decide a plug-in is worth it for them. But if you think 5 and 10 years out, what is likely to happen to gas and electricity prices? Almost for sure they will both go up. If they both double, the savings doubles. If gas goes up more than electricity, the savings increases. The only way to lose is if electricity goes up more than gas -- NO WAIT, you can still buy just gas...with a plug-in hybrid you can pick the cheapest fuel.

With a gas-only car 100% of your marginal gas use that you could have avoided goes straight overseas to the expensive (most distant?) source of crude.

t...I don't really care what car you, specifically, drive. I just want to let people know that it is possible to use significantly less energy per mile if cars available today.

Mike
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