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Hybrid is real or hype - it all depends on how you look at it.

If you want to save money, forget about it. Hybrids WILL NOT save you money. You can spend half the money of a Hybrid on a basic car that get nearly as good gas mileage. That's the best way to go to save money, besides riding a bicycle.

If you want to save the environment, look else where. Walk and use public transit. If you must have a car, again, go for small, tiny cars. The environmental impact of building a sophisticated Hybrid car and the batteries in them, could be several times higher than a typical small cheap car.

If you just want to save "gas", for the sole purpose of preserving this limited natural resouce, well, don't drive a car. If you must, sure, Hybrid is a good way to go. But I'd take a different route. Drive cars that run on electricity, natural gas, propane, E85, bio-diesel, vegetable oil, etc. etc.

Of course, if you are choosing between a gas hog and a Hybrid in the same price range or higher, definitely take the Hybrid.
 

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OMG you're comparing the iPod to the Prius?!? Prius has a dowdy, nerdy, and tree-hugger image, miles away from the cool and hip iPod. Man, where do you live? San Francisco? (Nothing wrong with SF, I love that city, but that's the only place I can think of that may think the Prius is cool and hip.)

Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike the Prius but I don't really like it either. It does nothing for me. Unless your sole purpose of driving is to use minimal amout of "gas", Prius is really a worthless piece of junk.

Btw, Good luck taking a date out.
 

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Real_I_Hate_China said:
Can hybrids save money? Yes, if you live in a place where gas price hovers above $2.50; then Prius's hybrid technology pays for itself in 10 years. Tough in the US but easily done in Japan and Europe.

Having said that, the reason for Prius's popularity in SoCal(Southern California) is something other than saving gas; driving Prius entitles you to drive through the car pool lane, alone. Now, that's a privilege that people would pay to have, but it comes free with Prius.
No, you can't save money. To replace a dead battery will cost you $4,000.

Even if the battery last forever, I still don't see how I can't save more money by buying a small car, like the Aveo or Fit, even a base Civic or Corolla.
 

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Read my first post of this topic...

To me, people who drive the Prius and claim they are doing something great to the environment is laughable. If one is REALLY that concerned about the environment, don't drive. Walk, take a bus, ride a bike, car pool. Convert a car to run on used french fry oil. Drive a small car.

Again, I don't hate the Prius. People should buy the Prius if they had a gas hog in mind. It's just not the answer to all questions, not even close.
 

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I'm certain fuel cell will be PART of the solution for the future, not the only solution.

It will be mission impossible to replace all gas stations of the world with hydrogen filling stations to power fuel cell vehicle, amongst many other problems with no solutions.

Besides, hydrogen has to come from somewhere, and currently the best solution is to derive from natural gas, yet another limited natural resource. Electrolysis? Not energy efficient enough to be justified.

I see the future filled with an assortment of fuels. Synthetic oil, gas, bio-diesel, ethanol, etc. etc. with vehicles capable of using several of the fuels. That's where we're headed.

In the mean time, everyone should use as little fuel/electricity (of any kind) as possible. It would give researchers more time to find the alternatives and give mother nature a desperately needed break.
 
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