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Hybrid Car Review: 100 mpg? Hold Your Horses Says Toyota

Friday, June 13, 2008

100 mpg? Hold Your Horses Says Toyota

Toyota executive Bill Reinert told consumers to relax a little bit. Not everyone is going to get 100 mpg if they start driving plug-in hybrids.

"When we see the (claims of) 100 mile-per-gallon stuff, not everybody's going to get 100 miles per gallon," Reinert said.

Isn't it a little early to warn people to calm down?

But he has a good point. Google.org has been testing plug-in hybrids at their campus in California. They post their results regularly and if you've been keeping track, you'll notice they haven't been getting close to 100 mpg. (They've been sitting at 66 mpg.)

It all depends on how you drive. Even if you have a car that's capable of going 40 miles on all electric power, that doesn't mean you are going to get to 40 miles before the gas engine has to recharge the battery. Quick starts, hard acceleration to get up to highway speeds, etc... all will push your fuel economy down, just as it does today.

Reinert was speaking at the plug-in conference organized by the Brookings Institution think tank and Google.org.

Source: Toyota exec tries to cool plug-in fever - Automotive News

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