"We are delighted and very grateful to Honda to take delivery of this low-emission vehicle. It provides the Museum with a new means of undertaking our core business in a responsible yet stylish way." Chris Rapley, director of the Science Museum said in a release.
The Insight has been turned into an "educational display" and will be used to give VIP guests a ride around the Wroughton site. The car will also be used to move some of science’s rarest and most important books and manuscripts between the Science Museum sites in Wroughton and London.
“The Science Museum believes that the challenge of decarbonising the energy supply to prevent serious climate change is the greatest issue that humanity has to address, and utilising new technology to reduce the impact of our lifestyles on the environment is an essential step. Hybrid cars, such as the Insight, provide a logical progression towards a zero emission future,” added Rapley.
In the UK, the Insight is priced at £15,490 (US$22,900) less than the £18,370 (US$27,100) customers have to pay for the Toyota Prius. It is one of the most affordable hybrids on the market and the fact that the manufacturer takes the time to "spread the word" through such actions can only serve the car in the battle to follow.
After all, there are some 26,000 possible customers waiting to get their hand on the 5,000 pounds bonus when purchasing a hybrid. Why wouldn't it be an Insight?