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me? gloat? [May. 16th, 2007|11:35 pm]
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Heh heh heh.

At a Chevron station in San Francisco that was charging $3.95 for a gallon of regular gasoline, Nathan Sullins, 31, a computer programmer, gloated as he filled up his Toyota Prius hybrid for a fraction of what other drivers were paying.

"High gas prices are a bummer, but you reap what you sow," he said. "If we had started making fuel-efficient cars 10 years ago, we wouldn't be in this situation."
Although I'm obliged to point out that this bit:
William Hill, of Pittsburgh, said he'd consider downsizing from his minivan to a hybrid sedan if hybrids weren't more expensive.

"They charge you more for a hybrid to compensate for what you would pay for gas," Hill said while gassing his minivan along the Pennsylvania Turnpike one day last week. "So either way, you lose."
Is not accurate for everyone, or even most people. I've written up the cost calculations before, but the upshot is that it depends on the hybrid premium for the vehicle class you're looking at, as well as your driving habits.

[User Picture]From: lordsauron
2007-05-17 06:29 pm (UTC)
"Light trucks and SUVs continue to make up the majority of vehicle sales in the U.S., or about 53 percent."
Americans are duuumb! "Waaaah! Price is $3.50 here! It costs $105 to fill up my 15 MPG SUV!"

I honestly hope that gas takes a tremendous surge in prices. Perhaps THEN it will send some shock to the populace. Although it will suck for my dad who actually needs a large vehicle for all his construction equipment. Have there be inroads into making hybrids for large vehicles? It would sure save my dad lots of $$.

BTW, your cost calculations link is bad.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2007-05-17 07:18 pm (UTC)


Agreed on the obliviousness of Americans. Will be interesting to see what happens when gas gets to the cost it is everywhere else in the developed world (e.g., 6-7 USD/USGal in western Europe).

And thanks for the link breakage note... that's what I get for trying to use fancy "lj://..." style URLs. Whee.
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[User Picture]From: hippybear
2007-05-18 01:36 am (UTC)
I'm tired of the "you pay either way" argument when it comes to fuel efficency and cars.

The point isn't what you are paying, it's what the car is putting out there.

Yes, I agree that choices probably will have to be forced by economics, but I disbelieve that economics is the only reason to make choices.
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