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Old 05-04-2008, 01:27 AM
 
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2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500 passenger van

Or around that in the yr van's are great!

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Old 05-06-2008, 01:16 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500 passenger van

Or around that in the yr van's are great!

Dodge - 2008 Dodge Sprinter - Cargo Van, Chassis Cab, Passenger Van



There are a few Sprinter Hybrid delivery vans, which is a great idea and platform for hybrid technology development and application (using vehicles that run 10 -20 hrs / day world-wide and have lots of stop and go) NY Times uses them and UPS and Fed Ex.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The std Sprinter Diesel gets ~ 26 mpg, and they will last ~ 300,000 -500,000 miles, so a good choice but very expensive. (~$35,000) They will also run on Bio-Diesel (I.e. waste oils or 'by-product' feedstock, not to be confused with the 'food for fuel rant', which is mainly ethanol feedstocks (excluding cellulosic) , a gasoline replacement).

A well tuned and maintained Mini-van will get ~ 22 mpg. Probably the lowest 'eco-footprint' is to keep an older mini-van in operation. The kids will be gone in ~ 20 yrs and there better be something much better available in that time period. Reduce trips, economize and consider options other than running the kids around. Maybe communities will work on neighborhood options to reduce commute time and $$$
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Old 05-06-2008, 07:03 PM
 
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Yes, I am trying to keep my minivan going, but the van is not being overly cooperative about it : ) I am also considering getting a used, good-mileage small commuter car, and keeping the old van for when I need to run us all somewheres.
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Old 05-10-2008, 01:30 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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You could get a diesel passat wagon and install a 3rd seat from an Audi, that would haul 7,

mine gets 52 mpg and has a 25 gal tank! Long time between rest-stops... 1000+ miles ;-)
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Morristown, TN
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Ford has the Escape Hybrid which is similiar to the Highlander. The Ford Edge is not a hybrid but has just as good mileage. Good luck.
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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when I was shopping for a car 4 yrs ago, the toyota dealer told me that they're gearing all their cars toward hybrid, but of course that isn't helping you now because it takes years to see this off the production line. I got the impression from the salesman that the days of fuel only engines from toyota are coming to an end. no clue what other mfg's are trending toward. Hopefully these silly hummers will go to an army base where they belong.
Electric cars were scrapped wholesale, even if people were making good use of them. The only option left for those is conversion through private niche industry. Can google electric car conversion that and see if they can retrofit your mini van, but don't expect it to be cheap. They're mom and pop companies that don't mass produce.

camry is available now in hybrid form, and that seats 5.

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Old 05-23-2008, 08:42 PM
 
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OP here-For now, I just purchased a well-kept 1997 Chevy Cavalier. I wanted a bi-fuel one but could not find one so got a regualr gas one. 4 door automatic. I will drive this car for a year until my ds is licensed, then it will be his to drive and I will hope by then that there is a hybrid minivan.

I really enjoyed going back to a small car-I've been in minivans for a decade now. We fit six people (four were small, lol) and a week's worth of groceries in it today! That was kinda fun : ) I did keep my old van for when I need to fit us all (7 total) because for safety, everyone needs a seatbelt. But for everyday commuting, I'm using the Cavalier which supposedly gets 37 mpg! I will clock the mileage to check it myself.

It's not what I thought I'd do, but this will work for a year-hopefully technology and availability will move forwards in that time.
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