Aug 8th, 2007 by Frank Mangano
Toyota who sells more hybrids than anyone do to the popularity of the Prius is having battery problems with the next generation hybrids. The newer technology, lithium-ion battteries, are being held back for safety reasons. Toyota hoped to have the newer model Prius out in 2008, but with the new battery problems won’t have them available until 2009. Hybrid cars made by Toyota currently use nickel-metal-hydride battery technology.
Toyota was looking for the new lithium-ion technology to make its hybrid cars even more fuel-efficient than they already are. Many consumers who have been driving hybrids have complained the gas mileage promoted by manufacturers is not as good as claimed. The Toyotal Prius gets 51/60 MPG per Toyota with a base list price of $22,175.00, you can see it and many other hybrids at PriceWheels New Car Research Section. Recently in a conversation with a Lexus SUV hybrid owner he told me that he gets only about 2 or 3 MPG’s more than he did with his gas engine only SUV. Given the higher price he said, don’t buy it. So check out all the hybrid hype with caution, and do the math, it may not be all it is cracked up to be.