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Rodge

Chevrolet Cobalt/ Toyota Prius....

Got to drive 2 cars I've never been particularly keen on driving before.
A drive into the mountains with some friends and I was the nominated driver on the way. The Chevy was a 4 pot uninspiring car that was functional and handled better than many American cars I've driven. The twisty roads were enjoyable in it despite the lack of power.
The Prius surprised me. They are very popular here in the States and aren't just driven by Eco weenies, but by people who want better than 15mpg from their car. It was in the dark, downhill from the mountains. It is different to drive as you can't use the foot brake (it was an older Prius with 186000 miles on it). They have a different gear that electronically brakes the car on downhill stretches but it has to be engaged manually on the older versions.
In all honesty, it handled well enough was economical and was quick enough, but much of that was assisted by gravity.
I can see why people buy them but the engine was noisy under acceleration and I'd rather get a decent Diesel engine instead, if I was going for economy.

I've driven a Prius, I never thought I would but it wasn't as bad as I expected, though seeing a coyote on the road on the way back really helped add to the experience.

The great thing about the day is I've found a really good mountain road that I will really enjoy driving on when I get to borrow a decent car.

Just need to get to a Chevy dealers to borrow a Camarro SS now.......
Twelfth Monkey

I must admit that I'm curious to drive a purely electric car.  I know I'm exceptionally unlikely to want one, especially at present, but I'm curious nonetheless.
PhilD

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
I must admit that I'm curious to drive a purely electric car.  I know I'm exceptionally unlikely to want one, especially at present, but I'm curious nonetheless.


Me too. If I could have 2 cars it would make a lot of sense for one of them to be electric. As I can only have one, and I need back seats, I think I'll have to settle for a hybrid like a BMW i8  
Twelfth Monkey

Actually, does a milk float count?
Big Blue

Dodgem.

Everyone has driven a dodgem and knows that if you turn the wheel enough they go backwards. Does the i3 do the same?
PG

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
I must admit that I'm curious to drive a purely electric car.  I know I'm exceptionally unlikely to want one, especially at present, but I'm curious nonetheless.


I got to drive a Leaf last year. It was very normal in many ways but there were two things that I noted. Firstly, the lack of an engine noise (even if in the background) makes tyre, road, wind noise an absolute killer for the so-called "silent" motoring the mags go on about and secondly, I simply could not take my eyes off the range gauge.
Martin

I'd be interested to try an electric car as well, but an i3 rather than a Leaf.  I've only driven one hybrid (GS450H) and it managed about 5 metres on electric power barely touching the throttle, so that doesn't really count!
BeN

Having driven a few electric cars now, the experience does vary but mostly aren't all that different anyway. The key things you generally note is the lack of engine noise, the typically instant torque and thus acceleration (almost akin to a very quick car anyway), and in some instances like the i3, the pretty strong regenerative braking, which means that you can essentially not touch the brake pedal at all. It does require a fair bit of getting used to though.
PG

BeN wrote:
... the pretty strong regenerative braking, which means that you can essentially not touch the brake pedal at all. It does require a fair bit of getting used to though.


Heavy regenerative braking is not very pleasant as a passenger. My last trip in Barcelona is a taxi was a Pruis and the regen braking must have been set to maximum, because every time the driver came off the throttle it threw me forward. I felt sick after about 5 minutes. As a driver you seem to be able to anticipate such stuff, but as a passenger I don't think this works very well.
BeN

I guess it's all about application. It has to be modulated just like normal braking, and not simply a matter of completely taking your foot off the pedal entirely.

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