The new Prius was actually my top choice in the search for a new car, at first. Dying from gas costs, I needed a savior and the Prius seemed pretty cool; even its look wasn't bad (it was either that, or supplementing my Volvo with a Vespa
). But when it was made known that the EPA gas-milage ratings given for it were overrated*
, it made it a bit harder for me to give up on the great rear-wheel driving experience I became accustomed to in my '93 Volvo for some gas-saving technology that isn't fully developed yet. Eh, maybe in five years I'll go for a Civiv hybrid. For now, I think I'll be happy with a Bimmer.
Pshh, not even-- in five years, the Tango
should finally be an option. The Tango was my dream much before the Prius, but before it goes into mass-production, it ain't really an option for those less than rich (aka.: ME). With a 0-60 time of under 4 secs; a Porsche's corner power; a Vespa's traffic-cutting & parking mobility; and a lower cost-per-mile than the current hybrids, I think I'll keep it on my radar, though, as it's the embodiement of all my goals in a car. dutchbmw
: If you meant what I though you meant, as opposed to what spiff325is
meant, a fully electric car like the Tango I drooled about above, only achieves 80 miles-per-charge, and charges up to 80% in under 10 mins (completely full charge takes hours though). With high-tech batteries, the engineers behind the car think it could get 150 miles. We'll have to wait and see how it progresses. *(the Prius is still one of the top cars for fuel efficiency, just not as good as the EPA numbers would make you think)