Hybrid vehicles – righteousness optional

Hybrid vehicles – righteousness optional

This week I concluded my first road test with a hybrid vehicle. I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect when I picked up the car as I had never driven a hybrid before and only been in one once which was a Prius taxi coming back from a night out. I pestered the poor driver with questions about his hybrid that night and now I could get those answers myself.

My hybrid to test wasn’t a Prius but a Lexus RX450H a luxury SUV type vehicle that in regular guise is a bit of a gas guzzler. I was only with the RX450H for less than a minute when I first struck issues. I pushed the start button and nothing happened, this wasn’t that odd, every car is a bit different so I put my foot on the brake and tried again, and again nothing. Starting to worry, I tried again and it seemed that I just couldn’t get the damn thing started. Just as I was about to go back into the dealership and tell them that their Lexus was busted, I put the car into drive and it began creeping forward. It was that quiet with only the electric motor running. I was amazed and glad I didn’t make a total dick of myself.

So me and the Lexus cruised around last weekend getting very good fuel economy and a few looks wherever we went, it was special. But it was in a busy Saturday supermarket carpark that I had some hybrid realisations,

Firstly, people walk in front of hybrids. At very low speeds the Lexus only uses its electric motor which like previously mentioned is whisper silent. What’s more amazing than that is how many people rely on hearing cars rather than seeing them. Under normal circumstances if people see a big luxury SUV they get the hell out of the way, because the driver obviously doesn’t care about burning large amounts of fossil fuel or the five cows required for its leather interior or knocking your ass over.

Secondly, I had this strange feeling of righteousness, not because I was in a $133K vehicle, but because it was a hybrid. I mean I’m saving the earth and moving without using petrol so those carpark pedestrians should get out of my way, and there should be special hybrid carparking spaces right out front of the supermarket, and possibly a ‘hybrid driver’ discount at the supermarket too.

Then I realised that these feelings of righteousness don’t come from driving a hybrid but they more simply come from being an ‘early adopter’ and this can happen with any technology. Like when you were a kid and the boy next door wouldn’t stop bragging cause his dad ponied up for a VHS, or a mate who whips out his iPhone for seemingly any reason especially when ladies are present. Bottom line is ‘early adopters’ are righteous.

But in the case of the Lexus RX450H, if you pay $133k to save a few bucks on gas and help save the world then you deserve to be righteous. Get out of the way.

2010-lexus-rx-450h_1

This week I concluded my first road test with a hybrid vehicle. I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect when I picked up the car as I had never driven a hybrid before and only been in one once which was a Prius taxi coming back from a night out. I pestered the poor driver with questions about his hybrid that night and now I could get those answers myself.

My hybrid to test wasn’t a Prius but a Lexus RX450H a luxury SUV type vehicle that in regular guise is a bit of a gas guzzler. I was only with the RX450H for less than a minute when I first struck issues. I pushed the start button and nothing happened, this wasn’t that odd, every car is a bit different so I put my foot on the brake and tried again, and again nothing. Starting to worry, I tried again and it seemed that I just couldn’t get the damn thing started. Just as I was about to go back into the dealership and tell them that their Lexus was busted, I put the car into drive and it began creeping forward. It was that quiet with only the electric motor running. I was amazed and glad I didn’t make a total dick of myself.

So me and the Lexus cruised around last weekend getting very good fuel economy and a few looks wherever we went, it was special. But it was in a busy Saturday supermarket carpark that I had some hybrid realisations,

Firstly, people walk in front of hybrids. At very low speeds the Lexus only uses its electric motor which like previously mentioned is whisper silent. What’s more amazing than that is how many people rely on hearing cars rather than seeing them. Under normal circumstances if people see a big luxury SUV they get the hell out of the way, because the driver obviously doesn’t care about burning large amounts of fossil fuel or the five cows required for its leather interior or knocking your ass over.

Secondly, I had this strange feeling of righteousness, not because I was in a $133K vehicle, but because it was a hybrid. I mean I’m saving the earth and moving without using petrol so those carpark pedestrians should get out of my way, and there should be special hybrid carparking spaces right out front of the supermarket, and possibly a ‘hybrid driver’ discount at the supermarket too.

Then I realised that these feelings of righteousness don’t come from driving a hybrid but they more simply come from being an ‘early adopter’ and this can happen with any technology. Like when you were a kid and the boy next door wouldn’t stop bragging cause his dad ponied up for a VHS, or a mate who whips out his iPhone for seemingly any reason especially when ladies are present. Bottom line is ‘early adopters’ are righteous.

But in the case of the Lexus RX450H, if you pay $133k to save a few bucks on gas and help save the world then you deserve to be righteous. Get out of the way.

2010-lexus-rx-450h_1

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