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WHEN former US vice-president Al Gore acted in the movie An Inconvenient Truth he was hailed by many environmentalists for the manner in which he educated people about global warming.
The two-hour documentary looks at the alarming effect this phenomena has on our planet.
The movie won a string of prestigious awards, including an Oscar in the Best Documentary category.
Not having a chance to view it on the big screen, I eagerly awaited its screening on DStv.
Only problem is, I fell asleep 10 minutes into the movie through sheer boredom.
One of the biggest contributors to the destruction of our wonderful planet are motor vehicles, which brings me to the launch last week of Toyota's third generation hybrid vehicle, the Prius.
First launched in 1997, the Prius is Toyota's effort at producing an environmentally-friendly vehicle, and to a large degree they have succeeded.
Less CO2 emissions, lower fuel consumption, less noise, re-usable parts ... the list goes on.
The hybrid concept marries the traditional petrol engine with an electric motor.
When your vehicle is stationary the petrol engine switches over automatically to the battery motor. The same happens when the car is driven at low speeds (0-20kmh), where the battery motor takes over and powers the vehicle.
In fact, it is possible to drive up to 10km using the battery as your only source of power.
The new Prius comes in two derivatives: the Advanced and Exclusive. Both come equipped with a 1,8-litre engine.
Both models boast fuel efficiency of 4,1 litres per 100km, so expect to get about 1150km from the 45-litre tank. That's like a return trip from Johannesburg to Durban for about R320. Top speed is a modest 180kmh.
This begs the question: why is it that a vehicle that is environmentally friendly, is fuel efficient and has a lot going for it, only sold 690 units locally since 1997?
Well, just like An Inconvenient Truth managed to put me to sleep, the Prius doesn't exactly ignite the motorist in me it is so bland.
But more realistically there is the small matter of cost.
In SA the Advanced will sell for R326200 and the Exclusive for R370700, while in the US customers will pay R172000.