Somebody couldn't wait for Toyota to make the Prius Truck

Discussion in 'Prius, Hybrid, EV and Alt-Fuel News' started by Danny, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. Danny

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    Apparently this Prius owner couldn't wait a few more years for the Prius t. One funny sidenote to this photo is that it was taken in Brevard, North Carolina, where PriusChat was HQ'd a couple years ago. I've been in that Ingles many, many times. Sadly, I never saw the "concept" Prius Truck. [​IMG] Source [WorldCarFans]
     
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    It doesn't look completely terrible...wonder how he does fuel economy wise. Also wonder what he hauls in it that he couldn't haul by leaving it as it was.
     
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    I think that's very interesting! Hope someone corporate takes note of this interesting design/idea. Meaning, a hybrid truck would be welcome too... small trucks are a great idea. I think the hybrid truck idea's been knocked about for a long time ... the challenges are many though. Truck buyers may expect things that a Prius-type drivetrain and fragility cannot provide. Prius is a great car for its time, and for what it is .. and I do have 150K on mine (2007) but it's not the hardiest car I have ever had.

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    I really like how the back doors aren't blended into the truck bed.
     
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    i love it.

    what can he do that a prius can't do... sheetrock.. a box bigger than 2.5 ft by 2.5 ft... a five gallon bucket of anything... the list goes on.. i do construction

    my father has been wanting to do this exact same thing... i'll show it to him.

    i would make the rear doors into tool boxes.. so you can open them up and have two shelves on the door that holds two boxes.... maybe just 1... shrug..

    a small durable truck isn't cheap.. a used prius turned into a truck is cheap.. and it's probably a lot better mpg wise then any small truck will ever be... i wonder if it's any lighter.. glass weighs a lot...
     
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    As a stop gap measure, you can install a hitch and buy a utility trailer for probably as low as $500. Some folding trailers may make street parking easier as well.

    I'm not saying this is a great or permanent solution, but will probably work occasionally.

    Is the Prius bed really 4' wide with the wheel wells?
     
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    Would you call that an El Prinimo or El Camius?
     
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    Where did he put the license plate?????:confused:
     
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    if its just RWD its a wheelbarrel, if its not 4WD or Deseil its not a truck:)
     
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    Yup he can do 4x8 ft plywood which was my criterion for my *other* car. You can't do that with a Highlander, maybe a Sienna can do, not sure.
     
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    That's why I still have my beloved 4Runner. :D

    I have always stated, "You can't haul a piece of plywood in a Prius!"

    Until now......:eek:
     
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    How come this guy isn't on PriusChat?
     
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    The rear quarters have a little Frankenstein thing going on but I say Bravo!
     
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    Maybe one of you know more on this.

    Five years ago, the thing holding Toyota back from offering a hybrid pickup is the risk if one spun it's wheels in the dirt....plenty of potential for the electric motor to burn up.
     
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    Compared to the every winter problems cold country Prii face on ice and snow, that's a non-issue. I think someone made that up and BSed you.
     
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    So true. Traction control would limit any wheel spin. AFAIK, Toyota has never built a hybrid that they approved for off road use anyways. I thought they cancelled it because they weren't satisfied with the battery endurance when hauling and towing.
     
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    roof rack ?
     
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    Hmmmmmm...... The bigger the truck the smaller the :(.

    The smaller the truck the bigger the :eek:. Prius ladies, I have found your man!:D
     
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    And if the dude drives a bike - what a man! :D
     
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