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Toyota not sure if people really want plug-in cars

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by tonybelding, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. tonybelding

    tonybelding Active Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Hamilton, Texas
    Check it. . .

    Remember, Toyota advertised their cars with the boast that, "You never have to plug it in." From their standpoint, plug-in cars are a fate their wonderful Prius saved us all from.
  2. malcolm

    malcolm Active Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Thanks for posting this Tony.

    Although the concern is over possible confusion between HEVs and PHEVs, there are some possible implications for Whitestar.

    "It's a Hybrid, why am I paying more?" could become a common question. And unless there are some significant differences in terms of average mileage figures between these Hybrids, that could translate into "Plugging In is pointless". Gas prices may help here.

    Tesla should be okay since the media evidence we have to date suggests that reporters shouldn't confuse the Roadster and Whitestar with plug-in hybrids, but this announcement is a timely reminder that, like the Roadster, Whitestar has to be a head-turner without recourse to confusing EV-speak.
  3. Brent

    Brent Member

    Apr 18, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think the argument is a straw man. If the Prius -- more expensive than its nearest all-gasoline competitor, and without any more luxe -- can succeed, then there must be some factor driving sales beyond cost and luxury. I believe the factor is a growing sense of environmental responsibility, which a plug-in Prius should be able to exploit further.

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