Jason, thanks for that link. It's the clearest non-technical explanation of the Hybrid Synergy system that I've seen so far. I've bookmarked the site so I can send it to the various journalists who always manage to get it wrong when they try to explain "hybrid" in the press. For example, just today in my local newspaper there was a long article, ostensibly on hybrids but in reality a puff piece for Honda, that understated Prius horsepower (98 vs. 114), made no mention of the 44hp electric motor in Prius while touting the [puny] 13hp electric in the HCH, and of course made no reference to the vastly superior torque in the Prius vs. HCH. The author also took a swipe at the Prius styling (while saying nothing about the Civic's *yawn*ho-hum* look). I don't have much hope that they'll get it right for the 2004 Prius, either.