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  • Friday, February 24, 2006

    Driving my first Hybrid Car

    For my roadtrip that I got back from just a few days ago, I rented a nice little car (well actually 2 of them since there were 8 of us on the trip). Note that when I say nice... I don't mean... Aston Martin nice...

    I mean... "Environmentally-friendLIER" nice. Yes... we've all heard it before. We only have one earth, one home... so lets take care of it.

    *hugs a tree*

    Ok ok.. the truth is... I don't care about the environment...But the car rental company just shoved us that Hybrid Car ... BURN THE CRUDE OIL!!! BURN BURN !!!.

    That's right... I LOVE MOTHER NATURE!!!

    Anyway, the car we rented was a Toyota Prius. Something I have yet to see in Malaysia. The cool thing about the car is that it has both a petrol engine (that most cars have, unless you drive your car the Flintstone way)

    and also an electric engine which I show in the picture below. (Just to make sure you're all clear on this.. electric engine runs on electricity.. just like a semen engine would run on semen).
    I would imagine that the black box on the left is the petrol engine and the silver box on the right is the electric engine.

    Sure sure, most of you would rather drive a car like this
    and look at an engine like THIS.


    So anyway, the way it works is when the car moves, the moving tyres power a dynamo that charge the secondary battery used to power the electric motor. Also, when there is excess energy generated by the petrol engine, that excess power is used to charge the secondary battery.

    When the battery is charged well enough, it can be used to power the car and the feeling is just utterly cool. Imagine driving a car that has no engine sound at all, COMPLETELY silent. It took me a while to get used to it.
    And to make things even cooler.. the car is more powerful than your average 1.5 litre car because when you floor the accelerator, both the electric and petrol engines work together to give you more pickup.

    So in plain English, the car uses about 40% less fuel (or so I was told) than an ordinary car.

    But that's not the only cool thing about the car. The next cool thing is the little touch screen computer inside the car that controls most of the car's functions. From the radio

    to the air conditioning

    everything is controlled just by the touch of a screen.

    The monitor can even show you what energy goes where when the car is stationary,

    and when the car is moving.

    Now how cool is that....

    Ok ok... considering that at least half of Leng Mou's readers are girls.. maybe I should stop talking about cars and talk more about.... errmmm.. shoes... this Prada shoe is uhmm...
    Ok this Prada shoe is....

    uhmm... uhmm...... nice.... err... yeah... thats the word for it... uhmm..

    Ok I know nothing about shoes.. ok lets skip shoes and go for Prada BAGS!!!
    This Prada bag is... uhmm..... EXPENSIVE... and uhmm... PINK ...

    Ok I give up... I'm sorry girls but I'm a STRAIGHT GUY.... I like what other guys like... and its NOT kotek ... so I just can't talk about bags or shoes... it's just... not right


    • Wah, not bad. Of all things, you pick a pink quilted Prada bag. I heard quilted is very 'in' this season. Anyway, aiya, if we girls want to read about bags, shoes and etc, we will look for a female magazine. Just keep writing the funny stuff, but try to vary a bitla.. all these talk abt pissing and kotek and guys' game and cars-- its a bit.... repetitive.
      Good luck!

      By Blogger Yuen, at February 24, 2006 6:48 AM  

    • the cars are nice the pradas....errrrr

      By Blogger Sass, at February 24, 2006 7:00 AM  

    • hahaha ok
      i personally think prada is a waste of money.. but then again.. girls think that the ferrari i love so much is a waste of money.. so...

      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at February 24, 2006 8:49 AM  

    • that's one hell of a cool car. was it expensive to rent a car like that there? heck, you're rich... i forgot :p

      By Blogger smurfette, at February 24, 2006 10:10 AM  

    • pls lar.. i am not rich!

      it wasn't too expensive.... cars are cheaper here in the uk remember?

      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at February 24, 2006 11:02 AM  

    • yeah. if only I was staying here a little longer I'd bought a focus or somehting. Add in all the tax and transport cost still much cheaper than buying locally.

      By Blogger yuin, at February 24, 2006 6:18 PM  

    • There's actually one Toyota Prius in the country that I knew exist here...but it was at Pusat Sains Negara. :p

      My uncle that works at Toyota said they don't want to bring the car here because no demand. That's why many nice2 cars like Supra (ehem!) doesn't end up here from the official dealer instead came from grey importers. Seems logical.

      By Anonymous chapree da grande, at February 24, 2006 6:24 PM  

    • why wont' there be a demand for prius??? its so cost efficient.. and everyone in malaysia is complaining about the rising petrol prices..

      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at February 24, 2006 7:03 PM  

    • cuz malaysians biasa with 'all sound no power' cars
      they tak biasa with 'some power no sound' cars

      By Blogger William, at February 24, 2006 8:17 PM  

    • Because we Malaysians are afraid of things that we do not understand. *ehem, sarcasm intended*

      By the way, all those taxes will make Prius to be so expensive. Unless Perodua start to manufacture a local version here.

      By Anonymous chapree da grande, at February 24, 2006 8:21 PM  

    • Perodua Hybrid.. ahh yes maybe that will have future.. PROTON HYBRID... might as well mark camels with the Proton brand as sell them...

      I'm sorry but Perodua just makes much better cars than Proton

      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at February 24, 2006 8:25 PM  

    • Because Perodua are just a rebranded tropicalized Toyotas/Daihatsus ;)

      By Anonymous chapree da grande, at February 24, 2006 10:02 PM  

    • and they are better made

      By Blogger Boss Stewie, at February 25, 2006 2:41 AM  

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