• fb_1779529571 avatar Bill Posted: 7/31/2013 7:45am PDT

    I've maintained consistently that natural gas is the intelligent approach to alternative fuels in commercial and fleet applications. It is a far better choice than hybrid or electric where the use of charging methods has hidden environmental, disposal and cost problems. I believe Ford has taken the lead in clearing the way for this approach. Unfortunately the issues have been clouded by a rush to electric, which if one looks closely, is still impractical and offers too many negatives. I'd hate to own a six year old hybrid and try to sell or trade it in and find no takers. Would you buy one with a depleted battery needed disposal at a major cost if even available? Not me.

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 7/31/2013 3:48pm PDT

    @Bill: Actually, there are plenty of 2007 Priuses out there and they seem to sell just fine. We've reported on numerous Prius and Escape Hybrid vehicles that have covered 300,000 to 500,000 miles in taxi and fleet service and still have their original battery packs, working just fine.

    Your concerns may have been valid 10 years ago, but they've largely been disproven by the actual record of more than 1 million hybrid vehicles on U.S. roads since 2000. Now they seem more like sowing FUD.

  • ModernMode avatar ModernMode Posted: 7/31/2013 9:26am PDT

    It would be much more interesting if Ford was actually selling the truck ready to go with natural gas. I'm sure people could go to third party already.