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Old 05-21-08, 12:12 AM   #1
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Hit by Prius at 45 MPH, lives to blog about it

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Lucky fellow.

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P.S.: Your post title reminded me of a thought I had earlier in the day. Sooner or later, there will be a post on an automobile forum: "Smart car hit by cyclist at 25mph, motorist lives to blog about it."

And they say bicycles are "exposed" vehicles.
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Did the buddy give the lady her mirror back?
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One will hope the wags won't want to know if the accident was "green". That isn't fun anyway it's looked at.
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Old 05-21-08, 04:45 AM   #5
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doesnt surprise me the car is designed with pedestrians in mind like the honda civic exept they dont boast about it
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Old 05-21-08, 05:44 AM   #6
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A Prius passed me on a long downhill the other day, and I didn't even know it was there until it was beside me. I even use a mirror, although it shrinks the images quite a bit. The Prius passed me pretty closely, so it was lucky for me that I didn't swerve to miss a pothole or anything. I was going 30 mph down the hill, and the speed limit on the street was about 30.
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I didn't realize Honda made a Prius
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yep your right and the coolest prius ever made:


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Old 05-21-08, 07:14 AM   #9
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I hit a Prius, who continued on without stopping last summer. I was riding along a road, one lane in each direction, about 1/4 mile from a light where most of the traffic wanted to turn left - I was going to go straight through. Traffic was backed up for about a mile, so I was filtering forward to the right of the stopped traffic. As I approached a (non controlled) intersection, I saw a car on my right, who wanted to make a right turn into the traffic, which was stopped. One of the cars had stopped to open a gap to allow her to move in, but the gap was not yet large enough for her to merge. As I approached the intersection, I slowed down to about 5mph, waiting to see how things would develop. The driver of the right turning car waved me through, since she couldn't make her turn, and I proceeded slowly, keeping my eye on her since I never trust someone who is waving me through... As I was entering the intersection, a Prius coming in the opposite direction made a left turn through the gap in the traffic, and appeared right in front of me. I turned to my left, grazing the right side of the Prius, ripping the tape on my right handlebar, and bruising my right hand, but not going down. The Prius never stopped but sped up the road.
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Lucky fellow.

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P.S.: Your post title reminded me of a thought I had earlier in the day. Sooner or later, there will be a post on an automobile forum: "Smart car hit by cyclist at 25mph, motorist lives to blog about it."

And they say bicycles are "exposed" vehicles.
Actually the Smart Car just received pretty high crash test ratings...
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I didn't realize Honda made a Prius
further evidence that I could care less about cars
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Old 05-21-08, 11:56 AM   #12
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I didn't realize Honda made a Prius
I wonder if it was Toyota Prius or a Honda? I guess it really doesn't matter. They would both hurt a lot!

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Amazing how a smart car doesn't always reflect on the driver?
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I'm surprised a Prius can generate enough force to actually be in an accident. Isn't this the vehicle you turn by just holding your hand out the window.
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I don't recommend, Dobber, that you try out your hypothesis. I speak from experience.
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Old 05-21-08, 05:30 PM   #16
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I'm surprised a Prius can generate enough force to actually be in an accident. Isn't this the vehicle you turn by just holding your hand out the window.
The electric+gas hybrid drive puts out something like 120-130hp combined. Good enough.
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my wife has one (prius).
i think it's good, wish there were more using the roads (got deisiled sp-several times in today's commute).
my real concern is increase use of motorcycles and road sharing.

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The electric+gas hybrid drive puts out something like 120-130hp combined. Good enough.
lol try less than 100
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lol try less than 100
Ehh - that's not really indicative of Prius power.

Two motors: 76HP Gas, 67HP Electric. Rarely will both engines be running at 100% power. Hybrids just don't work like that. That's why the dyno only shows 100ish horsepower. Throw in the standard 15% drivetrain loss and you're at 115HP. Not a hot rod, but like I said, not really indicative of the car and also kind of irrelevant given the purpose of the car.

Down-low grunt is where small gas engines typically suffer, which is why the Prius' electric motor has 295ft/lbs of torque. This is PLENTY to keep up with traffic.

The 0-60 is in the 10.5 sec range. That's fine for a car. Hot rod? no - Sufficient? yes.
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Down-low grunt is where small gas engines typically suffer, which is why the Prius' electric motor has 295ft/lbs of torque. This is PLENTY to keep up with traffic.
Very few internal combustion engines put out that kind of torque.

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Very few internal combustion engines put out that kind of torque.

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Prius has traction control and one can feel it kick in if one punches the accelerator, so while it would be easy to without it, it is impossible to slips the wheels on a low traction start. it is somewhat annoying feeling the power drop if say making a right turn into a gap in traffic and one hits the accelerator a bit too hard
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Ehh - that's not really indicative of Prius power.

Two motors: 76HP Gas, 67HP Electric. Rarely will both engines be running at 100% power. Hybrids just don't work like that. That's why the dyno only shows 100ish horsepower. Throw in the standard 15% drivetrain loss and you're at 115HP. Not a hot rod, but like I said, not really indicative of the car and also kind of irrelevant given the purpose of the car.

Down-low grunt is where small gas engines typically suffer, which is why the Prius' electric motor has 295ft/lbs of torque. This is PLENTY to keep up with traffic.

The 0-60 is in the 10.5 sec range. That's fine for a car. Hot rod? no - Sufficient? yes.
115 is still not 120-130. It's still quite under your average car sold in America now-a-day. Who cares about theoretical combined power when reality says they'll never be the right conditions for them to work that way?

I'm not saying that ~110 hp is a bad idea, I'm just saying that saying the Prius has this magically high number of power is bad, not to mention the number that really matters, the power-to-weight ratio is that of your typical econo-box developed 15-20 years ago. I don't think people need 0-60 in anything faster than 14 sec to be honest, but this whole "zomg it has real power" is ridiculous. People like to make a big huff that they don't have the typical "power hungry" attitude, but quote unrealistically high numbers, and still complain about low powered cars, not realizing the end performance is the same, and actually is MORE on the lighter cars with current technology.

And copying off of Wikipedia is great, but you do realize how electric motors work, thats 295ft/lbs of torque at 0 RPM. It drops rapidly as speed increases, and because it's not direct drive the system loses power even more rapidly.


It's a decent technology, but I didn't expect this wanna-be car enthusiast attitude from an anti-car bike forum. Err anti-if-it-isn't-a-prius.

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Ditto re: Smartcars They're built like as strong little clamshell. Certainly less dangerous than an SUV overcorrecting at 65. I love the smartcar - a guy from work has one and its deceptively roomy and you sit quite high.
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Actually the Smart Car just received pretty high crash test ratings...
Fifth Gear, the UK TV show, tested it themselves, too.

Full version, comparing the FourTwo to an older Vauxhall Corsa:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=sR6UozdBWRY

The FourTwo's crash itself:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=mcuimw8ql_A

Chinese midsized sedan crash test failure:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=F06LjugtIUo&feature=related

And, just because someone drives a Smart doesn't mean that they're smart enough to park the thing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cCtoPmeaHo
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