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    I'd like to say it was because I'm "green", but I really needed a car in our stable that gets good mileage, and I'm a sucker for neato technology. I've had this car (Nissan Altima) for a little over a week, 411 miles, just reached half a tank. Still riding on the dealers fill up.

    I wonder if there are any other hybrid owners out there. Looking for the good (and bad) stories.

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    How fast can you go in it?

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    Actually the car is pretty quick. It's just a 4 cylinder, but with the added 40hp electric, it goes from 0 to 60 in 8 seconds. It has a CVT tranny, (constant velocity) which means it never shifts. It takes some time to get used to it. I had it up past 90mph on the test drive, it did not seem anywhere near reaching it's top end at that point. The gas engine shuts down under 40mph if not needed. There are stretches along my commute where I have been solely on electric for several miles.

    I'm surprised at the number of people out there that are unfamiliar with hybrids, at work when I mention I have one, I'm always asked if I have to plug it in at night.

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    I test drove a Ford Escape hybrid last year, and when I got it out on the highway and "punched it" the engine revved up over 5,000 rpms which kinda freaked me out. I know Ford is definitely not a leader in hybrid technology but I hope that's not how much hybrids operate.

    Has anyone made a hybrid pickup truck yet? I was hoping Toyota would.

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    Continuously Variable Transmission: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continu...e_transmission

    List of hybrid vehicles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hybrid_vehicles

    As I understand it (which is probably not that much), the key to hybrid efficiency is in the handoff between the gas and electric motors, which are most productive at different speeds/torques. The Hybrid Synergy Drive seems to be the most successful implementation of this technology to date: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybrid_Synergy_Drive

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    We have been looking at the Highlander hybrid - good towing capacity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike D
    The Hybrid Synergy Drive seems to be the most successful implementation of this technology to date: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybrid_Synergy_Drive
    Nissan purchased their current hybrid technology from Toyota. One reason I went with Nissan is the tax credit is still at 100% ($2350), wheras Toyota has sold too many (over 60,000) in some models and the tax credit is significantly reduced. Our government wants us to use alternative technology, but apparently only to a point.

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    We just bought a Highlander Hybrid. Excellent Vehicle. Excellent performance and gas mileage. Mileage not as great as the sedan hybrids but very good for a midsized SUV. Will keep you updated as we have it for a while. Going to test it on a trip up Mount Washington in the early summer. My only concern is the imobilizer system because of the radio waves on the summit. I know remote door locks do not work up on top. Will see I guess.

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    My door remotes worked (I think, now I can't remember) when I was up there in August. I have a 2007 Toyota Tacoma.

    You'll generate some nice energy on the way back down with those regenerative brakes. I guess you don't have to worry about overheating?

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    You can see a few of early hybrids & full electric vehicles (from the early 1900's) at the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine.

    Nothing is new with autos, although the car manufacturers would like you to believe it

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    List of hybrid vehicles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hybrid_vehicles

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