For Zipcar adventure #2, I took the chance to drive a hybrid. Zipcar has many Priuses (Prii? Priora? What is the plural form of Prius anyway??) but they don’t live very close to Alexandria, so I opted for “Corie,” a Civic Hybrid that lives at the Braddock Metro station.
Like many people, I usually think of hybrids as small cars, but the Civic Hybrid is definitely a full-sizer, and feels like it. Large cars are not my preference, but I was too distracted by the Kitt-like display on the dash to pay attention to the size of the car. I felt like the car should have been talking to me in a sassy deadpan, giving me minute-by-minute updates on my miles per gallon (instead there’s a meter next to the speedometer) or, you know, warning me of any missiles being fired at the car (sorry, really getting lost in this “Knight Rider” thing).
The best feeling of all, of course, is feeling the car cease to use power when you’re stopped. The needle goes all the way to 0 rather than idling at 500 rpm. No exhaust is being pumped into the face of the bicyclist behind your car. This sort of efficiency in automobiles should have been mass-produced 20 years ago – it’s a shame we’ve had to wait this long for less-than-wasteful cars to drive. All in all it was a very enjoyable drive, and next time I’m in the market to buy a car, some kind of hybrid (or even better, electric!) car is definitely at the top of the list.