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Old 6th June 2008, 21:56   #16
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Even if Hybrids are launched in India the price factor will hit the sales hard. Consider a regular Honda Civic at 12 and a Civic Hybrid at 17 (One of the members posted this one). Difference of 5 lakhs will be a -ve factor for sales. Also the Hybrids are very slow at pickup and Battery life is only 120,000 miles. Considering all these factors, though I went for a test drive for Prius, I ended up buying a Acura TL. That 10 minutes Prius drive made me feel as if I'm at a retiring age in my life.
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Old 7th June 2008, 01:03   #17
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This whole news report is deceiving. This Prius is converted to run as a plug in hybrid which means it uses a large battery pack which drives the vehicle in EV mode.

Out of the 106 km it probably ran 80 kms on electric power and the rest on petrol. The energy for the EV mode came from the grid and that piece of information has been conveniently left off.

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