A well-deserved honor. I don't normally travel all that much by car, but lately I've been shuttled to and from several meetings in different vehicles. I must say that since buying the Prius I've been secretly measuring the quality of ride in these other cars against that of my own. Following these recent real-world comparisons I'm not surprised by this award. Even without all of it's technological wonders the Prius is a remarkably nice car.Jerry P said:Was there ever any doubt? Prius represents the beginning of a new age for the automobile, and we are part of it! Congratulations Toyota!
NIce story on NBC Nightly News tonight about the Prius. It is a 'cool' car now and there was a question asked "what message does this send to Detroit?". The message is clear - the day of Hybrid Cars has arrived, figure it out, start producing them now with real relaibiliity, or prepare to totally surrender a giant share of the market to Toyota HSD vehicles. I thought it was interesting a few months back when the CEO of GM said that his people must prepare for the day when GM might NOT be the largest, most successful car company in the world. Maybe he realised what was coming.
Actually all the big oil companies LOVE the idea of hydrogen as at first it's actually planned to be MADE from oil and natural gas! When made by electrolysis too, it will require massive amounts of electricity that will be made from... well depends on the country, but for the US mostly coal! Amazingly, this will lead to more pollution overall compared to just burning fossil fuels directly in modern IC engines. Add to that the fact that for 1kWhr of electricity a hydrogen powered fuel cell car can go about 0.8 miles, while a battery electric (or plug-in hybrid) can go about 4 miles, meaning that any country commiting itself to fuel cells in passenger transport will need to make 5 times as much electricty as a plug-in hybrid based economy!Does GM really think that the major oil companies are interested in hydrogen? Big Oils business is hydrocarbon not hydrogen based.