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Thanks to the Province’s Keith Morgan and Toyota Canada for helping us commemorate the first fob-in of Modo’s newest addition to the Prius family, the 2013 Prius Plug-in, with Vancouver band beekeeper: 

beekeeper buzzes around in prius plug-in

Vancouver indie-pop threesome beekeeper became the first to buzz around in the brand new 2012 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid just added to the MODO car co-op fleet this week.

“This is great,” said drummer Luke Cyca, as he lowered himself into the driver’s seat of the car, which is based at Vancouver City Hall.

“We use MODO cars all the time to get to our practice rooms and gigs. We can’t afford a vehicle so MODO has been great for us.”

Bassist Brandi Sidoryk decided she would be the back seat driver for this outing and guitarist Devon Lougheed opted to ride shotgun.

The popular short term car share car co-op, which has a fleet of 270 275 vehicles of varying sizes, is certainly winning favour among those for whom ownership is not a financial option or a choice made by thoe wanting to reduce their carbon footprint.

There are 280 233 locations around most major centres in Greater Vancouver, with Richmond coming on board soon. Shareholder members, who stump up a one-time $500 refundable fee, rent for $3 an hour plus kilometres-driven charges, while casual members, who pay $50 annually, rent for $7.50 an hour. (See https://www.modo.coop/ for details)

By the way, we’ll be reading more about, and seeing more of, beekeeper in the coming months. The trio will be reporting in print and on video about their forthcoming stint in our Toyota Prius V, our Hybrid Highway project vehicle.

Yours truly spent a week bopping around town in a Plug-in tester. After the experience, I must admit I’m warming to Plug-in hybrids as another option in cutting my visits to the pumps.

I charged it up nightly on a regular domestic power supply in the garage. It takes about three hours to recharge but that time is cut in half on a dedicated 220-volt outlet.

Each morning the readout told me I had around 17 klicks of gas free driving and it was good to its word. In ideal environmental conditions that can rise to 25 kilometres.

I do a lot of short trip, city driving, with frequent starts and stops, which is hard on a regular gas engine. Most days I kept the fuel consumption to below 4 L/100kms. A second charge at a place of work would doubtless improve that still more. In fact, government testing has shown 2 L/100kms, but I figure that’s wind assisted and downhill driving!

The base price for the plug-in hybrid at $35,700 before the BC provincial government payback of $2,500 (http://www.cevforbc.ca/).

As we continue along the Hybrid Highway, we would like to hear about hour Hybrid experiences. Send your stories, observations and photos to me at: kmorgan@theprovince.comTwitter.com/ChangeGears

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Modo Co-operative
Vancouver604.685.1393
Victoria250.995.0265
Nanaimo250.741.4141
Kelowna250.469.6617
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