Toyoda continued, stating that:They said, I'm glad I have a hybrid vehicle because hybrid vehicles have a very long driving range. And because of that, if they had not been using hybrid vehicles, they would be among those people cuing up for gasoline. They didn't have to because they had hybrids.
Making claims like this are sure to set off at least some criticisms, and we're not sure if promoting hybrids in this way is a wise course of action. Anyone have any other thoughts?In some of the letters sent to me, people complained about the blackouts, the lack of electricity supply. But they have the Estima hybrid and were able to use electricity stored in the Estima to charge mobile phones or warm up emergency supplies or food.
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