just saw a toyota Prius for sale; 115K mi. , $5998.... New ($3500) battery pack 08/06.
think on this for a sec..... great battery life about 5 years, about 100K plus a tad?
well thats 35 bucks a thousand miles, or about550 bucks a year, go figure. thing was over, waaaay over 20 grand new , so the depreciation isnt too good for a toyota, but lets say 45 mpg for 20 K per year, and compared to a 20mpg vehicle you would have saved $1390 per year of $2.50 gasoline....times 5 years,....equals $6950 minus that battery pack equals... OK that means you saved $3450 worth of $250/gal gas, over 5 years, or 690 bucks a year to drive around in a relatively gutless , undersized freaky looking car. and didnt get too good a shuffle on depreciation.... Now lets look at a few 'udder' things...............
The higher voltage battery packs are not something you wanna deal with in an accident.(remember we are also adding gasoline to the mix) As the car ages its more subject to electrical failure, corrosion, and other higher maintenence failures. Now this is a Florida car, and I suspect the northern ones just cant fare as well. As a used car, this sux, as a new car there is very little actual advantage in owning one... ... The Richard Head factor, where you end up like looking like a d!ckhead hasnt even been considered.... maybe someday, but for now I am not gonna take a flyer on a hybrid, unless we consider one of those fuel cell jobbies that burn almost anything, convert the hydrogen to electricty, with a DC motor on each wheel.....Alas, that technology is still onthe distant horizon, go figure.