Little Car With Big Battery Sails Past Gas Stations

No... this isn't a story about a battery electric car, but another delighted Toyota Prius owners

Published: 24-Jan-2005

"You bought a WHAT?" I asked my friend Jan Zahrly.

"A Prius," she said. "It's a car that runs on gas and electricity. They call it a second generation hybrid because it's the second model out. Come on over, and I'll give you a ride in it."

So, there we were on one of the coldest days of the year driving down South Washington Street, trying to figure out all of the features in this different new car. I noticed as we approached a stoplight we were getting more than 50 miles a gallon. That's because the electric battery in the rear of the car kicks in after you get going. I guess the braking of the car keeps the battery charged.


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