Today I bought a new car — a Prius.

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With oil prices surpassing $55/barrel my Ford Explorer that gets 16 MPG just isn’t cutting it.

I felt there are a number of great reasons to buy a Prius — particularly the potential HOV lane exemption tax deduction and a 150k mile warranty on the battery.
What is also really cool is the future of the hybrid system and what some car hackers are accomplishing. There was a great article in the NY Times a couple of weeks ago – and hackers that are able to gain an extra 100+ MPG by plugging in the car or adding extra battery packs.

If I can drive my Prius for a few years and then buy a third-party battery package to increase the MPG — I’d do it if they can make it safe and economical.