A High-Mileage Experiment

The State of Oregon is conducting an experiment to see if its 2007 Toyota Prius hybrid will get up to a half a million miles — it now has 411,000 miles. The Prius was mostly used for prison perimeter patrol, where vehicles can average up to 8,000 miles per month, said Brian King, fleet and parking services manager.

This Prius has averaged 56.5 MPG over its lifetime and has a combined fuel and maintenance CPM (cents per mile) of $0.07.

"It has been on lower usage town run duty for one of the prisons for a while, but we have asked it be put back on perimeter patrol to see if it will go half a million miles or more,” King said. “We think it will."


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