[Oeva-list] Voted with my $$$

Jamie Lawson ayeshalan at gmail.com
Fri May 9 15:15:40 PDT 2014


Well ... as the owner of one of the first Prius Plug-ins to land in
Hillsboro, I'm a little dismayed ...  kinda makes me feel like I've
been played for a fool!

One more reason for me to keep my eye on the next-gen, $30K-ish Tesla,
I guess.

On Fri, May 9, 2014 at 2:47 PM, Nick <nickgaladay at msn.com> wrote:
> Yes, I did recently buy a new car.  And alas, it wasn’t the Leaf I’d long
> coveted but rather a garden variety hybrid sedan (Kia Optima).  But my
> buyer’s remorse is not so much because it doesn’t plug in, but rather
> because it only gets 35 mpg on a good day.  It appears Toyota Prius (and its
> many siblings) has a patent lock on the most efficient hybrid architecture
> available (planetary unit).  Competitors must go through other less elegant
> gyrations to decouple their engines from the drive train.  Honda, believe it
> or not, shut off the engine and blows the exhaust valves open to relieve
> compression braking, and calls that good enough!  My Kia has a wet clutch
> (remember your motorcycle).  So I’d long been a fan and advocate of Toyota’s
> courage and forward thinking from the day it first released the Prius over a
> decade ago.  They should still be praised for doing what marketing folks
> call the “concept sell”.  They’ve done more of the heavy lifting than any
> other auto manufacturer toward improving the efficiency of passenger cars.
>
>
>
> But now, for some strange reason, they’ve decided to go off sideways through
> the weeds!  Despite their excellent (Tesla) RAV-4 EV and PI-Prius, they are
> now turning their backs on plug-ins.  They are now running a series of ads
> ridiculing (and obfuscating) plug-in technology.  And, it’s not beneath them
> to outright lie to make their faux points.
>
>
>
> http://transportevolved.com/2014/05/07/lexus-hybrid-ad-declares-war-electric-cars-ruffles-feathers/
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>
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> I’d eschewed the plug-in Prius as an option primarily because of Toyota’s
> “floor mats” PR obfuscation - rather than admit the real cause of those
> deaths (my argument against ‘throttle by wire’ appeared previously in this
> space).  But now I’m especially glad they got none of my money, so as not to
> have contributed to their inexplicable anti-EV advertising campaign.  I
> think the policy decision makers at Toyota USA may actually believe their
> own anti-EV propaganda.  Or is it the long arm of oil money we’re seeing?
> So big, so wealthy, so stupid!  Shame on you Toyota.
>
>
>
> Nick Galaday
>
> Vernonia, OR
>
>
>
> Energy conservation--
>
>                     saves more than energy!
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> The day is fast approaching when we’ll look back at burning stuff in our
> cars to make them go as quite quaint,
>
> Like a Stanley Steamer or riding a horse to school!
>
> (OEVA – Oregon Electric Vehicle Assn.)
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>
> What part of “A well-regulated militia”* don’t they understand?
>
> (*second amendment of the US Constitution)
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