The Toyota Prius is a hybrid gas-electric car that gets great gas mileage.
- Tom's story
I wanted a Prius with a hatchback, wrote to Toyota
some time ago to suggest that and ... they built it!
(I don't know if they followed my suggestion or not ...)
I got that pretty red one on 2003 Oct 28.
Every time I learn a new fact about this car I am stunned again.
It is extremely gas-efficient, aerodynamically designed
Most amazing is that
Toyota has redesigned everything and incorporated new technologies
The price for a new one was initially
is the same as the old Prius
($20,000), but it has gone up to
(as of 2004 Oct 9).
- Toyota Web Sites
- Information about the car
- 2005 Prius
- News Stories
- Drive - The Detroit News Online
- Automotive Design & Production.
They put the car into industry context.
'Late in 1994, about a year after the committee was formed, a concept
vehicle was developed called the "Prius," taken from the Latin word for
before, as in "ahead,"not something from the past..
They quote from the
Third Toyota Environmental Action Plan.
- Motor Trend Announces Prius 2004 as Car of the Year!
- news.shopeasier.com Articles on Prius
- Technology Review April 2004, page 34.
"Hybrids' Rising Sun" by Peter Fairley
(requires free registration)
- Toyota Prius Race Car
by Peter Lyon,
Car and Driver, April 2004.
It looks like this may launch an ECO
race!!! It's about time!! In this race not only must you race to
speed, but you could come to a full stop, which would give an
advantage to a hybrid ... Now why didn't anyone think of such a race
- Wired May 21 2004.
"For Speeders, Hybrids Suck Gas"
by John Gartner.
- The Christian Science Monitor April 22, 2004,
"Earth Day's biggest challenge yet"
by Mark Clayton,
limo/cab company that
uses the Prius to reduce global worming.
Fighting gas prices,
Hybrid a change for the better?
The high cost of gas is driving people to buy these cars,
but the savings may not be as much as they think
2004 June 9
- Hybrid Vehicles Hit the Heartland...Barely
by Danny Hakim, published: June 19, 2004.
The New York Times
2004 June 20
- Suddenly, It's Hip to Conserve Energy
by Timothy Egan, published: June 20, 2004.
The New York Times
2004 June 20.
"hybrids are popular in Virginia partly because they are allowed in the
car-pool lane even if the driver is alone in the vehicle."
See article below.
- Hybrids Putting More Virginians In the Fast Lane
HOV Exemption Upsets Carpooling Commuters
By Steven Ginsberg, Monday, April 26, 2004; Page B01.
2004 June 20.
- 2004 June 29 (new as of 2005 Apr 12): Driving green: My hybrid days.
We take the Toyota Prius into the real world of New York City
and find a few surprises.
CNN by Peter Valdes-Dapena.
- TOYOTA PRIUS CRASH TEST
Newstreet auto magazine 04/07/2004.
"Toyota Prius gains 5-star Euro NCAP accolade. Hybrid
car gets class-best 34 points and highest ever child protection score.
Prius is first ever hybrid to be tested by Euro NCAP. A further 125 actual
crash tests confirm optimum passive safety."
2004 July 7.
- Revenge of the Nerdmobiles: Hybrid Cars Suddenly Got Hot in 2004.
Did Brains Finally Triumph Over Brawn? by Preston Lerner.
2004 Aug 29.
- Why Hybrids Are Hot by James Surowiecki.
Wired Issue 12.09 - 2004 Sep.
- 2004 Nov 6: Sport: Got Hybrid?
Barred from every one of Bonneville's 543 classes,
the Toyota Prius creates a new one.
by Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver, November 2004
- DaimlerChrysler, GM team on hybrids:
Automakers will jointly develop new hybrid motors to compete with Japanese
rivals. CNN. Gee - they are only 5 years late!
- 2005 Jan 2: Yellowstone Park Prius
- 2005 Apr 7: Dave Arthurs built a hybrid in 1979 and got 75 mpg!
- 2005 Apr 12: Used Prius prices like new: High gas prices,
long waits bring used Prius prices above list price of a new model,
study says. CNN
- 2005 Apr 19: A hybrid-solar car from down under!
- 2005 May 9:
Invasion of the Green Machines.
High gas prices have drivers chasing after hybrids.
Is it a fad or a phenom?
By Richard J. Newman, U.S. News & World Report
(volume 38, number 17, p. 48-54.)
- 2005 Aug 14:
CalCars the California Cars Initiative
are adding more batteries to Prius cars
so that they can be plugged in at night and run
from the electric grid.
They see this as another stepping stone to getting
away from oil since electricity can be generated from
- 2005 Aug 15:
250 miles per gallon? They're doing it
- 2005 Oct 24:
THE CAR THAT MAKES ITS OWN FUEL, IsraCast.
Well, not exactly of course.
It burns metal to metal oxide using water. This produces hydrogen
that is burned in a fuel cell to run the car.
- 2005 Oct 27:
Consumer Reports: Most reliable cars '06, CNN.
The Prius made the list.
- 2006 Apr 17:
Crash tests: Toyota Prius, small cars and minivans, CNN.
"The Toyota Prius hybrid car, when equipped with optional side impact
airbags, got top marks for front and side crash protection in crash test
results released Sunday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety."
- 2006 Jul 26:
Pulse and Glide to 110 Miles per Gallon!
From Eric Powers,
- 2006 Aug 22:
Study: Hybrid cars will pay for themselves over time
The consumer-focused automotive Web site said that, assuming vehicles were
driven 15,000 miles per year and gas was priced at $3 per gallon, owners
of the Toyota Prius and Ford Motor Co.'s Escape Hybrid would break even
within three years.
--- CNN Tuesday, August 22, 2006; Posted: 5:38 p.m. EDT (21:38 GMT)
- Tax Incentive Are
Being Phased Out!
"If you buy a hybrid new, you may be eligible for a one-time federal income
tax deduction of
Maryland Energy Administration's
Clean Energy Incentive Act
CLEAN ENERGY INCENTIVE PROGRAM
ELECTRIC AND HYBRID-ELECTRIC VEHICLES,
which removed the Maryland sales tax,
was phased out on 2004 June 30.
(We now have plenty of energy, right?)
The IRS has determined that purchasers of a new
Honda Insight, Honda Civic Hybrid or Toyota Prius are eligible for a
"Clean-Fuel" vehicle tax deduction of
The current incentive is
scheduled to phase out in 2004-06."
- Custom Prius Accessories
- Prius Meetups and Online groups
- Hybrid Electric Vehicles
- Wasteful Vehicles
Google search for '2004 Prius' shows this web site is near
- Other web sites
- Fuel cell cars
A Week Without Dinosaurs Dan Neil, 2004 August 29, LA Times.
- 2005 Aug 22:
I Can't Afford My Gasoline
- 2005 Oct 9:
In September I wrote to Toyota asking for a new car:
"It would be a prius like this one but it would have solar panels over
the entire surface."
But maybe somebody is working on this already?
Here I will put a few comments on the design of the Prius,
from a users viewpoint.
- My biggest difficulty is visibility.
The hatchback has two windows, and
the rearview mirror is just big enough to exactly cover
Overall the visibility is reasonably good and one gets used
to using the side mirrors.
- Acceleration is sufficient to travel in traffic with no problem.
- The turning radius is very tight, probably even better than
my previous car, which is a 1986 Toyota Corolla, and that was amazing.
I took the picture of the three 2004 Priuses at the top of this page
It was a fluke that
Darcars Toyota, where I bought my car,
just happened to have these colors.
After I mentioned it to the
Joe Bushong-Taylor (301-662-8292,email@example.com)
we spend a little while lining them up.
cartoon about electric cars
(2004 May 5) at
The Official Mother Goose & Grimm and Mike Peters Website
2004 May 28:
My 2004 Prius finally got 50 mpg in stop-and-go traffic!
2008 Jun 05:
How I got my Prius
When the original Prius came out, I wanted a Prius with a hatchback
like my old Toyota Corolla had. So I wrote to Toyota suggesting that
and ... they built it! (I don't know if they followed my suggestion or
not ...). The Corolla was falling apart after 18 years so I was
renting while waiting for the first 2004 Prius to arrive. When they
did, I went to the lot to see them even though they were for other
people. We looked at a red one, which was nice. Then we inspected a
white one, but I didn't want to deal with the dust on it. Finally, we
looked at a blue one, which was my color choice, although mine was
still in shipping. When I said I didn't like the blue, Sales
Consultant Joe Bushong-Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org said that the red
one might be available. Later that evening he called to say I had won
the lottery and the red one could be mine! I went the next day to pick
it up. I realized that the order I had seen the cars just happened to
be: red, white and blue (this being a very patriotic time after 9/11).
So we lined up the cars and I took the picture.
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origin: 2003 Oct 23
updated: 2008 Aug 15