Is the Prius Optimized for Evacuation?

Or just for the coming total urban gridlock of the 21st century? It’s quite a comment on the direction the average commute is headed that we now have a popular vehicle that’s at its best going zero to two miles per hour for 30 hours straight. As one of the blog comments implies, is owning a hybrid automobile to become a valid part of your personal contingency planning, right up there with bottled water and flashlights? A month ago, this idea would have sounded paranoid and apocalyptic. Now it just points out the absurdity of the whole situation. If we get one more storm this season you’ll probably see a push to get “evacuation mileage” put on the new-car window sticker right next to “city” and “highway.”

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