PriusCount '05: Prius vs. Hummer in SoCal
I just spent a week in southern California, and to kill time in the rental car (which I couldn't drive) I decided to count the Priuses that I saw on the road. I also decided to see how many Hummers were around, just for comparison. After seven days driving around Los Angeles, San Diego, and much of the rest of southern California, here are my results:
Priuses: 122. About ten were first-generation, and a few of those were parking enforcement cars (way to go, Los Angeles!).
Hummers: 16. The majority were H2s, but I also had one H1, two stretch H2s parked right next to each other, and an H3 - one of the most goofy-looking vehicles I've ever seen. I decided to count each stretch Hummer as equal to the regular ones, because although the gas mileage is probably lower, they are driven much less frequently than the others.
The Prius is the undisputed winner here (go ahead, try to dispute me), and I think that it's great that the people of California are making the right choice about what they drive, especially considering their current governor's inclination towards Hummers.
By the way, I didn't count cars sitting in dealer lots, because those are not driven regularly. I saw a good thirty Hummers baking in the sun at a dealership, and I wish the best of luck to the poor dealer whose responsibility it is to get rid of them.
Also, for fans of the Honda Insight, I saw six.
I would encourage other members of this forum to try this the next time they're on vacation, or even just driving around their hometown. It was very entertaining, and showed that the Prius is still going strong - as if I had any doubt. Happy counting!
18 Prii in parts of Wisconsin we visited last week. Green Bay, La Crosse, Niagara (Iron Mountain MI) and Appleton. The largest number was in La Crosse, where there were 8 total. Would have been 9 had my former college advisor taken his to work with him the day I stopped by the lab.
See about 12 daily here in Durham NC.
As far as Hummers, only saw 2, both in Green Bay.
See about 2 a week here.
If I were to do that count for my street, which is about 1000' long, it would be:
lol, a bit unfair.
If I were to do that count for the whole community that I live in, which is about 5 miles of road, it would be:
Now thats better. :)
Just went out & checked my garage:
1 Honda Civic Hybrid
and a partridge in a pear tree
ok ok , I lied about the partridge. But I figured if I let the word out I have a partridge, my Canary might get jealous & come home. :wink: .
Yesterday I saw two blacks and one Tideland
This past week I've seen (not including the 3 above)
1 Brilliant Blue Classic (Government Car)
1 Electric Green Mica Classic
2 Millennium Silver Metallic
1 Seaside Pearl
2 Yellow Cabs
1 Black Top Cab
Hummers: ZERO (strangely enough cause I swear there are a few here :roll: )
Although I've seen 2 limo Ford Excursions :wink:
Who buys a Hummer, unless your heading for a desert war...? Never seen one in my entire life. But, on the other hand, Sweden havenīt been to war for a couple of hundred years or so :D
I wanted to post this a while ago. In just the block where I live, you can see:
3 Prii (2005)
1 Honda Civic hybrid
I took delivery of my Prius exactly 1 day after the first I saw in the neighborhood, and then about 3 weeks later I saw my next door neighbor drive up in an identical (to mine) Silver P!
In about a 6-square block radius, I can spot at least 10 other Prii, mostly 04-05 models. A friend of mine who lives about 5 miles east of here called one morning: he had been out walking the dogs, and a garage door opened up. Parked there were two new his-and-hers Prii.
Lot's of em out there in San Diego!
health care for all, quality schools, safe streets, clean cities, outrageous prices for liquor & gasoline. :P
I would guess two thirds of Americans who buy Hummers, do it to satisfy their ego. They obviously have no need for such a large, powerful, environmental disaster except to have the biggest, strongest something. In contrast, the Swedes I have met are very comfortable with themselves, their education, their standing in life. So, no Hummers !!
In my travels I found most Europeans of that mind, although those Mercedes that made me feel like I was standing still on the autobahn in Germany in my little rented Opal, might be an exception :D
I wonder how many Americans have emigrated to Sweden?
With the cost of a Prius Quoted in Finland as $50,000 I wonder the cost in Sweden and for cost comparisis that would make the cost of a Hummer $???,000.
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