June 13, 2006 6:18 AM PDT

Toyota to double up on hybrids

Soon after 2010, carmaker says, it'll multiply hybrid lineup, renewing endorsement of cleaner technology.

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Hybrids make no ecomonic sense.
Hybrids make no economic sense. The extra cost for the batteries means you have to drive the car 200,000 miles before you see any savings. I assume by then the batteries will be long dead. But hey, facts don't matter to a lot of environmentalists. They'll just FEEL GOOD, knowing they are SAVING THE PLANET.
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The picture is bigger than economics
Really, lingsun, do you always make decisions on the cheapest economics? Walking is free, taking the bus costs less than owning a car. Why drive at all? If you do own a car, is it something modest that still runs just fine, or did you waste money on a new, flashy one that just makes you feel good to look at it?

If you can buy a hybrid car now while the government tax credits are available, the end price can be competitive to a similar non-hybrid model. The fuel savings go over and above that. After then, those who want to spend more upfront for a car that gets better mileage and uses less of a non-replaceable resource should be free to do so without the critique of someone who only assumes he knows what he's saying.
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