The most unmentioned bonus to a hybrid is the long-term benefits from the way the vehicle is designed to have less service and component replacement required in the operation of the vehicle. Here are nine of the reasons:
- The generator takes on multipule tasks: recapturing energy when coasting or braking to recharge the batteries.
- The doing away of a regular starter due to the generator doing this task also. One less component to replace and also never accidentally grinding the flywheel again.
- The brake life being improved dramatically due to the generator handling 80 percent of the braking.
- Minimal chance of having warped rotors due to less heat due to the generator doing the majority of the braking.
- Brake fluid life increases also due to the minimal contamination of fluid due to minimal heat build up in the fluid.
- The steering being of electric assist instead of the normal hydralic type has many benefits. The electric assist has minimal kick back when driving over rough or uneven roads, giving a less tiring driving experience instead of constantly dealing with the tugging on the wheel. Also the benifit of no service required plus no belt required.
- The airconditioning on the 2004 Prius and newer model is electric driven instead of the traditional pulley driven off the gas motor. The benifit is that you are not running the gas motor inorder to have the ac on. Also one less belt to deal with.
- Having less if no valve adjustments in the life of the car due to it not having the motor constantly running like that in a normal car. At 300,000 kms (180,000 miles] the 2004 Prius taxi still does not require a valve adjustment.
- The injectors may never need to be cleaned. The 2004 Prius has had its injectors checked every 100,000 kms (60,000 miles], yet at 300,000 kms there is just a slight deposit on the injectors.
All other components of the motor benefit directly in a hybrid from not running all the time.
Andrew Grant is the world’s first hybrid taxi driver. He introduced his Prius taxi to the not-so-mean streets of Vancouver in 2000, and logged 200,000 miles in just 25 months. Andrew’s Prius was snatched by Toyota. The automaker wanted a chance to study the durability of the hybrid batteries and other components, which held up amazingly well. See this video for details. He’s now driving his third Prius. Andrew has taken a break from taxi-driving, and now works as a professional coach helping his clients achieve personal excellence in various fields of endeavor.