Highlander Hybrid Update

Hybrid Synergy Drive
Just this past weekend and here:
“Highlander Test Drive”
people have said that it will take a long time for a hybrid to pay for itself.
Well in May, when gas was 30% cheaper, the math was different, but as I told the salesman then, gas prices were not flat, they were rising.
The current math for the hybrid is, assuming that the $5000 in hybrid equipment keeps about $2500 in value (and why wouldn’t it be more now?), is:
break-even in 2.5 years at 20,000km/year assuming you’re going from a 13L/100km SUV to 8L/100km for your driving.
It’s amazing what a few *days* of gas price hikes can do to this equation.
It seems to be big news — National Post even mentioned the Highlander Hybrid in the continuation (p5?) of a front-page story today.
Anyway, a hybrid won’t help you on an open highway, so your mileage may vary.

One thought on “Highlander Hybrid Update”

  1. Gee, there was a jump of 30% in the price of gas in *ONE* day today (for a short while at least) from $0.959 to $1.196.. Another $240 yearly payoff added. That takes the hybrid payoff down below 2 years. .and actually now I’m wondering if I can wire in some extra battery packs as you described for the Prius conversion. I’ll need to reprogram the hybrid control computer… I think I’m up for it.

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