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#5183 of 5290 About time !!
Sep 19, 2006 (8:27 am)
States buying more hybrids than gassers
For the first time, the state's public agencies bought more hybrid cars than standard gasoline-powered cars in the past 2006 model year, according to the state Department of General Administration.
In the 2006 model year, the state bought 222 Toyota Prius models compared with 218 gas-powered vehicles through state contracts managed by the general administration department. State agencies also bought 206 Ford Escape hybrids and 390 vehicles that can run on gasoline and ethanol.
#5184 of 5290 Re: About time !! [larsb]
Sep 19, 2006 (7:41 pm)
I agree that it is good. We will get some consistent data on the longevity of the hybrid technologies. If they become a maintenance nightmare you can bet they will not purchase as many the next go around.
#5185 of 5290 Re: About time !! [gagrice]
Sep 19, 2006 (8:29 pm)
The second paragraph is talking about California, I believe.
They have extensive knowledge of alternative-fueled and mix-fueled cars, as they have been buying them for almost two decades now, since Ronald Reagan, followed by Jerry Brown, first initiated the experimental process.....and they have not found any maintenance "nightmares".
So although for many States, this is a new practice, for California it is the culmination of a twenty year practice.
#5187 of 5290 Re: 2006 Hybrid Buyers Guide (Forbes) [moparbad]
Sep 21, 2006 (12:13 pm)
Let's hope not.
The true test will be the next six months when a LOT of things start going BAD for us hybrid advocates:
1. The tax credit gets smaller and eventually gets really small.
2. Gas prices stay low, in the $2.25 range.
3. More hybrid vehicles hit the market, meaning more choices BUT not much tax incentive to move them.
If people keep snatching up hybrids, then all is well. If not, then it will indicate a "saturation point."
Problem is though, there are 12 more hybrid models coming to the USA by the end of the 2008 model year. Carmakers are going to eat a lot of metal if no one wants to buy those new cars.
#5188 of 5290 Re: 2006 Hybrid Buyers Guide (Forbes) [larsb]
Sep 21, 2006 (12:56 pm)
Gloom and Doom, Gloom and Doom!
All of the credits will be renewed and supplemented by more State credits, already in the legislative pipeline in dozens of States!
Please do not say there is no "guarantee". What are you guaranteed about anything?
#5189 of 5290 Re: 2006 Hybrid Buyers Guide (Forbes) [moparbad]
Sep 21, 2006 (4:02 pm)
My personal guess is that the hybrid revolution will start to lose some steam. Partly due to currently dropping gas prices but to a smaller extent the realization that a dual (ICE/electric) system may not be the cleanest solution. Most hybrid enthusiasts are aware of the resurgence in EV interest. IMO, this actually works against hybrids. People that were entertaining the idea of buying a hybrid might now be thinking, lets go all the way with an EV. There really aren't any mainstream EVs available right now but it could instill a temporary paralysis in terms of making the buying decision. My prediction is that hybrids will remain popular for the next few years but the growth in popularity will slow.
#5190 of 5290 Re: 2006 Hybrid Buyers Guide (Forbes) [moparbad]
Sep 21, 2006 (4:38 pm)
It would be interesting if the demand for hybrids completely disappeared. That would represent a major misstep for Toyota, a company which seemed incapable of being so wrong. Regardless of the future for hybrids their existence up to this point has advanced some worthwhile technologies that will endure.
#5191 of 5290 More Priuses coming, will be easier to get....
Sep 22, 2006 (6:19 am)
Toyota Increase Prius Production
Toyota Prius Production Increased By 50%
TOKYO, Sept 22, 2006; Reuters reported that Toyota Motor Corp. plans to increase production of its popular Prius hybrid cars in Japan to 300,000 units in 2007, a rise of 50 percent, business daily Nihon Keizai reported on Friday.
Japan's top auto maker dominates the market for hybrid cars, which twin a conventional engine with an electric motor to improve mileage, and is keen to spread the system as the main alternative to today's internal combustion engines.
#5192 of 5290 Re: More Priuses coming, will be easier to get.... [larsb]
Sep 22, 2006 (7:26 am)