Hi Insightful Trekker:
___Thanks for the link. It appears by the commentary of the data that the Insight handles its battery packs charge/discharge better then that of the 01/03 Prius (graph 4 vs. 5 as well as 6). Looking at graph 9, it appears as if Toyota has a better CAT setup for cold starts however. Overall, I can understand the Insight’s higher NOx output and can accept it for the hwy capable mileage but I hope this too will improve in a future Hybrid/std ICE from Honda. I can’t wait to see similar tests using an 04 Prius and a new HCH.
___Does running A/C really have that much of an effect (graph 1) on the Insight’s fuel economy? I see an ~ 5 – 8% drop in the MDX and maybe a 5% drop in the Corolla but I have never read of a 35% drop from anyone in this forum while using A/C? This would equate to an ~ 70 mpg average to just 45.5 mpg on the hwy on a hot summer day using A/C. This number appears way out of range from what many have posted here?
___Thanks again and good luck
___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.