[Oeva-list] Salem Trip

gfifield at onlinenw.com gfifield at onlinenw.com
Sun May 22 07:15:40 PDT 2011

One more review by Consumer Reports on the Prius holding up.

> Regarding the taxi claim.
> Vancouver taxi drivers love their Prii.
> http://www.askautoexperts.com/2011/03/prius-hybrids-growing-popular-as-city-taxis/
> Gene
>> I'll have a little more data when I get the carwings data in a couple
>> days, but 12 miles out to the freeway @60 used 2 bars, then the 33 miles
>> to PGE @70 used another 6 bars; the shorepower station reported 18.5kWh
>> in 4:15 of charging.  I got there about 6:20, and returned from the
>> theater at 9:50.  The station reported 16.something and the car said 10
>> minutes left...for the next 30 minutes when it finally finished ;-)  It
>> was an expensive test/movie --- the taxi ride to downtown is $15 each
>> way!  On the way back, I used the heater for the 12 miles in from the
>> freeway, and it just dropped the 9th bar while I was pulling out the
>> camera to take a picture of the dash for the record.  I'm debating doing
>> it again tomorrow at 60mph to compare (the new Pirates of the Caribbean
>> movie is playing there too ;-) ), but will probably stay home...
>> One odd thing is the first taxi driver didn't like Prius' because he
>> said they've had a lot of battery problems.  First I've heard of it...
>> Seemed to think Toyota was making owners by new packs, whereas Honda was
>> covering them when they went out (but not having the problems Toyota is
>> anyhow).  I haven't heard of any of them having problems...  I wonder if
>> the ones being used as taxis are taking a beating, or if he's just
>> getting bad info?
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