Why is that "unfair?" You'd need two Prii (?) to travel the same total distance. It is too fair.
“For instance, the costs are based on the H3 having a service life of over 200,000 miles and the Prius only 100,000 miles hardly a fair comparison.”
“Why is that “unfair?” You’d need two Prii (?) to travel the same total distance. It is too fair.”
Because Prii, or whatever the blank they are, don’t die in 100,000 miles. The basic assumption is wrong.
The dumb ‘scientist’ who made up the first report looked at the warranty on the Prius’ battery (100k miles) and decided that voila, the Prius lasts 100k miles and no more. However, he decided not to apply the same logic to the Hummer (100k drivetrain warranty) but rather decided that Hummers last 250k miles. Where did he get 250k? From the same place he got 100k miles for a Prius, namely his posterior.
Apart from that, it’s difficult to assess how often a Prius’ battery fails, because not enough of them *have* failed to provide any sort of accurate guess, much less a firm figure.
When doing cost analyses, it’s important that the lifespan of the vehicle not be determined by the whim of the analyst :)
Anyway like I said above, there are plenty of sound reasons to criticize a Prius, but this article, and the article underlying it, aren’t them.