Yeah Pan, I am very much considering waiting until someone like Edmunds, and the other like sites review the actual working car that's being driven around.
The important cost factor is getting it while I can still get the full tax credit.
When the prius came out, and I looked into it, I wasn't impressed, and I'm still not.
The fact that you have to drive under a certain speed (what is it, like 35mph?) to get the electric benefit was a total turnoff right from the start, and still is.
Doing some quick figuring, it would seem I would never regain the initial cost of the Prius, as opposed to buying another corolla. (can you tell I'm a corolla fan? It's been the last 4 cars I've owned. The 1st one I had for well over 250,000 miles, when someone ran a red light and totaled it. It would have been good for another 50K if you ask me. The 2nd was a really used POS which was all I could afford to replace Old Paint, and only kept it a few months. The 3rd was the one I bought in 2000, which my husband now drives. The 4th, my current one, I bought on a quasi-whim since I got a good deal on a new one, and Wally and I both wanted to get rid of the gas guzzler work van he was still driving, but no longer needed. Thinking about it, these are the only 4 cars I've own since I think 1985. Paid cash for all of them, except Old Paint. If I buy a new car soon, I'll make sure I have it paid off within a year, by throwing a few lump sums of cash its way.)
In any event, the Prius doesn't impress me.
****, look at this complicated advice on how to get the best mileage, and this advice is from a Toyota dealership!
Driving like this, I'd probably get in an accident by not paying attention to the actual road I was driving on...
Pan, I have a question for you, about something you wrote. You said you'd have to replace the batter in a just a few years. Why, if it is being charged up completely every day?
In no particular order, thanks Robert for providing the smart grid link. I won't say I understood all of it, but my understanding of the big picture is much better now. It was interesting.
roger, you said it would take the fed/state a while to figure out how to squeeze the road taxes out of you.
Maybe through your yearly registration of tags? Via a fee collected through you insurance company?
As far as the appearance, yeah Volt is more attractive. But, as long as it doesn't look like a clown car, I'm fairly indifferent, meh, so to speak on turning heads when I'm driving. If anyone asks what I'm driving, it's more important to be able to tell them the environmental benefits.