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12-16-2010 12:16 PM #11
fabien says: "Well, this
fabien says: "Well, this post is quite dismissive"
Worse, this post is outright wrong.
It it currently 40 below here in Fairbanks, and I use my Prius for my daily commute as well as weekend trips into the mountains. I've logged thousands of miles in sub-zero temps in the Prius. Let's see:
"Gas economy goes down as much as 50 %"
More like 30-40%, as a result of the engine running more often to keep warm, which makes for cleaner exhaust (which the Prius is programmed to prioritize over fuel mileage). So? I'm *still* averaging 35mpg...
"and the batteries need to be trickle charged"
I don't even know what you're talking about here. You don't have to trickle charge - or *any* kind of charge - the batteries. That happens as you drive the car, through excess power produced by the gas engine, and regen braking. You never have to 'charge' a Prius under any conditions. It doesn't work like that.
Since the gas engine runs more often in cold weather to keep the cats warm (as mentioned above), you actually end up with the battery having a higher than normal level of charge no matter what your driving style.
"or the car does not run on the electricity if there's not enough power-due to the cold."
Again, hard to make sense of what you're saying. The car is not designed to 'run on electricity'. The electric motors are to *assist* the gas engine when power is demanded.
"The tires don't grip and you feel like you're driving on ice all the time."
You can say the same thing about virtually any car or truck on the road that is running on all season tires when it gets cold. Get some winter tires.
I've found the stability control makes the Prius extremely sure-footed on snowy roads. As much as my AWD Subaru (taking off on a slick surface is a different story).
"He hit a few snowbanks simply slowing down at a stop light."
Your friend needs to learn to drive if he's just going around sliding through stoplights and bouncing off stuff. He's dangerous. That's not the car's fault. Many people drive Prius's up here without that problem.
"winter put a lot of wear and tear on the vehicle and required lots of maintnenance. Electrical parts were frequently replaced."
"If you get stuck, there's no horsepower to get you out!"
More horsepower to spin your tires faster does not help you get unstuck. What the Prius lacks in the 'getting unstuck' department is ground clearance and AWD/4WD. The overly sensitive traction control does not help. But it's not really an issue since the Prius is so good at not-running off in the ditch in the first place.
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01-20-2011 12:58 AM #12
Not enough of you have
Not enough of you have compared the loss of milage in non-hybrid vehicles. I have a '04 Scion XB - live in Minneapolis and the milage on that vehicle goes from about 31 in summer - to 21 mpg in winter. Also have a '07 Volvo wagon, milage goes from about 26 in summer to 20 mpg in winter.
Pehaps the smaller the car/engine, the bigger impact winter has? Before you just blame the winter effect on hybrids - take a look at your purely gas burning vehicles.
02-20-2011 10:08 PM #13
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I drove one for 3 hours (250
I drove one for 3 hours (250 miles) in temperatures ranging from 0F (-16C) to -25F (-32C) without any problems. The mpgs dropped from the usual summer 50mpg it gets to about 40mpg.
I've driven a prius for 2 years in Utah's snow and slush without any problems. But if you are going to do a lot of ice driving, like any other car, you should consider a set of snow or studded tires or invest in a set of tire chains.
06-07-2012 09:03 PM #14
I have lived in the extreme
I have lived in the extreme cold of Idaho and the extreme heat of Bakersfield, CA and my Prius has always performed GREAT!!!! There is mpg loss with any car during summer and winter. My batteries never had any issues ever. I love this car!!!