I now own a Hybrid
I can still use the battery to tootle around here at 3*C but manual says if it drops below 0 then the petrol motor will kick back in. We think its so the motor isn't suddenly spurred into life at 30mph while frozen.
As for range it is technically 1.3miles, but that's if you run just off the battery and don't brake and don't go downhill (which charge your battery). Like I said before though I managed in a traffic jam to go 9.8 miles without using a drop of fuel! So it depends how you drive it (i managed it by using squirts of power, putting it in neutral and braking before another little squirt of power).
It would probably be idea for my daily commute, as it is short. I cycle when the weather is ok, but when the weather is poor the car would be better.
I had a laugh and asked a Toyota dealer about a trade in for the Avanzato........£350
We talked Jamie's brother into bring their Mk1 Yaris down when we bought the second Aygo... why? Because they were doing +£500 on any part-ex! It was hilarious to see their face when I reminded them about that offer, they were only going to offer £150 for the Yaris! hehe They got a nice mk2 Yaris out of the deal though hehe.
If you're ever in our area you're more than welcome to come take our Yaris for a spin.
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The problem with an hybrid/electric is that at the moment it's just a stop gap in the market. I've been on a 5 day vauxhall ampera course and the trainers admitted this.
In the next 5 years or so once hydrogen fuel cell technology has progressed more and they have got more range from it than this will start to 'trickle' into the market. Bio fuels such as ethanol or a petrol/ethanol mix are the next proper step I think.
Electric vehicles are ok but your simply moving the exhaust pipe to the power station. Most modern petrol engines run that environmentally friendly now it's unreal. Diesels will die off in the next few years as emissions are becoming that strict now it's cheaper just to produce a small petrol engine. Turbo charging and supercharging are becoming more popular in smaller engines again... Kei kars are on the return and could possibly be the real future!
My Suzuki works managed 59 to the gallon the other week with a run to the coast. It will do a steady 50 just commuting.
Don't even get me started about cars and global warming lol
You'd have to be a bit daft in my own personal opinion if you think something rammed with Lithium batteries is in any way environmentally friendly! haha