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Friday, January 11, 2008

Don't Whiz on the Electric Car*

*Any Ren and Stimpy fans out there????




Meet our Prius. It was our Christmas present in 2005, although we waited till Jan 1, 2006 to pick it up so that we could take advantage of Toyota's incredible $3500 tax credit in 2006. That was a SWEET tax refund that year. This year won't be so nice.

Anyway, some argued that we were taking a gamble about gas prices choosing to buy a somewhat expensive car that would only be cost effective if gas prices stuck around above about $2.50 per gallon. Judging from the graph, I'd say we're close. The prices have not delved lower than the last line on this graph (courtesy of DOE).


It's sort of a game for Dave and me to try to outdo each other with the Highest Mileage Contest. Day-to-day, Dave is the winner by a long shot. He will turn off all the accessories (including the heat in the winter, A/C in the summer) to maximize his mileage. He's definitely more gentle with the gas pedal than I ever am.

I might actually have the best record on a long drive, averaging 51 mpg on a trip from Raleigh to my Mom's house in Norfolk, VA in May 2006 without the added load of the kids in the backseat. Everything was perfect: the warmer temperatures, the downgrade of the trip, the relatively flat terrain once you're in Emporia, VA.


I get to use the Prius on my trips to South Carolina for drilling, and it's certainly nice to make the entire trip: 6 hours roundtrip, on ONE tank of gas. About $30 right now.

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3 Comments:

At Friday, January 11, 2008 at 11:23:00 PM CST , Blogger Mandakini/Margaret said...

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I don't think you're happy enough!

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At Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 2:50:00 PM CST , Blogger Susie PSU said...

The graph reminds me of a graph we made for The Gaff when we were in college. Was it cheaper to go on dollar pitcher night with the more expensive cover, or the cheaper cover with $1.50 pitchers? It all depended on how much we were planning on drinking....lol.

 
At Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 7:15:00 AM CST , Blogger Major Mom said...

I miss The Gaff. Zeno's was my favorite, though. Probably because I lived closer (West Halls). One of my best memories was heading down on Thursday night with my roommate Megan...she and I sat and talked for 2-3 hours over $5 pitchers of Yuengling. Who knows how many pitchers the two of us shared...3 or 4, I think. We didn't stand up until it was time to go and I'm surprised we made it home at all! Even though it didn't involve wild partying, it was still a nice memory of college.

 

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