Cruise ! in Prius to Sydney

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Post by Johny » Fri, 24 Oct 2008, 02:24

C'mon guys we're stuck in our jobs - go easy.
PS: I'm reading your posts, just not commenting for a change.

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Post by acmotor » Sat, 25 Oct 2008, 04:03

No mercy will be offered !
We're having fun out here.

Coolgardie tonight.
We had 43 deg C today, a dust storm and 60kmph headwind before a wild rain storm and lightning between Norseman and Coolgardie.
I've never known it to rain out here before !

Interesting, the prius chews fossil when punching into this 43deg C headwind and aircond flat out. Up to 7.4 l/100km !!

This electric aircond copes well and we are cool inside the vehicle.

Perth tomorrow.
We'll post a summary of the trip.
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Post by acmotor » Mon, 17 Nov 2008, 04:31

Ok, nothing like a few weeks back at work to bring you back to reality !
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Checked out Wave Rock on the way back to Perth. Nothing much changed there for 60 million years !

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A summary...

We did 9258km
average fuel price $1.50 per litre (min 1.30, max 2.09)
average fuel consumption 5.3 litres per 100km
fuel cost $735
hire cost $690

In general, not bad value for the distance covered and around half the CO2 emissions of flying in a jet. (jet is around 110g/seat/km, prius was around the same for the car so with 2 people on board we were ahead … and the trip was a lot more fun)

Summing up the prius....
For…….
A nice package, VERY driveable. Handles well in hills and corners.
Wind noise is low, unless you open a window ! You cannot drive with a window down at 100k - buffeting and flapping nose is considerable.(open window causes bad aerodynamics anyway)
Engine noise level is low.
Electric aircond and power steering are good.
In the cities, it would be hard to better the prius consumption. (less than 4 litres/100k)
The electric motor boost was like a big turbo on a little motor. It worked rather well.
A clear demonstration that electric drive is a winner.

Against……..
Road noise is less than many small cars but not as low as a magna for instance.
Not enough motor and battery info being presented for an EV enthusiast !
Cost $42,000 on the road (basic model as we drove)
     $52,000 on the road (itec model with GPS,leather,curtain airbags etc)
These are around $12,000 premium on a similar straight ICE. It is not an economic choice as you would be struggling to recover the extra cost in fuel saved.
This is of particular note in the country considering that a small turboed diesel could use as little as half the fuel the prius did.
CO2 reductions for city driving are a positive feature and are the main selling point.

It seems like a lot of trouble to go to, to reduce fuel consumption by 30 to 40% in the city and no win in the country.

The bottom line... would I buy one ?
Let me say it this way, I'd be happy to own one. (or just hire one when I need it)

There was some sadness at giving the wheels back.Image

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Post by Simon » Mon, 23 Feb 2009, 06:59

Is a Prius still a Prius without an ICE? Image
All electric Prius at autobeyours.

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Post by a4x4kiwi » Mon, 23 Feb 2009, 16:44

Excelent work! I hope you are able to fool the computer so it dosn't set off all the trouble codes.
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Post by Simon » Tue, 24 Feb 2009, 01:38

Its not my Prius.. just found the video on YouTube. But yeah you can see at the start of the video he is clearing the error codes.
Though on my 2001 Prius I have pulled the EFI fuse before to see what would happen.. Turn the key and it tries to start up and stalls then gives some warning symbols but lets you drive. I think I had to use my Scangauge II to clear the error codes first, cant remember.    

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