the problem with hybrid technology is that it is a step that will be passed shortly and after a few years you won't be able to get the car serviced because of it's short lifespan. That's fine for you probably though because you get a new car every not so often. The mileage in real world tests is significantly lower, bur still comparibly great when looking at most other vehicles.
The company I work for is currently pursuing the hybrid market. We design and manufacture NiMH Batteries for hybrid applications.
Right now the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid are the two best out there.
The NiMH batteries in those cars are manufactured by Panasonic who infringed on our patents. We have one the law suit but I don't know what penalties Panasonic will have to pay. If they have to pay us royalties on every battery sold then purchasing a Prius or any Hybrid with Panasonic batteries will be directly supporting a local company and local jobs.
We are located right in troy:
You would be able to purhcase an american hybrid if the big 3 would make up their minds and decide if they want to build hybrids or not. When California did not pass their more strict emissions laws, the big 3 pulled the plug on most of their EV and HEV programs.
I say go ahead and buy the Prius. You will NOT be disapointed.
Don't buy one of those crappy cars paula. The amount of engery it takes to produce one of those cars hurts the enviroment more than carbon fuel vehicles. kinda like the disposable diper vs washing non disposables. ever think about disposing the car after its use? the thing is a bio hasard. getting it serviced would also be bummer, not many mechanics would qualified to make repairs-even at the dealer. Hey east coast, I have had several tours through obonic? battery. WOW, incredible stuff they produce there. don't know if I would like working in that enviroment though. sum nasty chemicals in that building.
paula-some how i picture you on a harley sporster. (driving one-not laying nude on one
Please don't confuse Cobasys with Ovonic Battery Company. It is true that our technology came from there but we are NOT the same company.
One of the advantages to NiMH batteries is that they are 100% recycleable compared to other battery technologies. ALL manufactureing plants have some nasty chemicals. There is nothing in our company that requires more safety gear than a cheap pair of saftey glasses.
Our production manufacting plant in Ohio is an ISO 14001 certified facility. We are a very environmetally friendly company.