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Prius Plug-in Hybrid on the left.
Toyota hopes to sell 50,000 Prius Plug-in Hybrids per year worldwide

Toyota's Prius has been a sales monster when it comes to hybrid vehicles. In the U.S. market, Honda has tried to attack the Prius with three generations of Civic Hybrids and two generations of Insight Hybrids only to fail miserably in matching its sales success.

With newcomers like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf putting a greater emphasis on a healthy battery-only driving range, Toyota is looking to give its Prius some additional battery power. The new Prius Plug-in Hybrid makes use of a lithium-ion battery pack in place of the old NiMH battery pack. As a result, the Prius can travel up to 14.3 miles at 53 mph on battery power alone before standard Hybrid Synergy Drive system jumps into action. 

Since the newest Prius also features a charging port, drivers can plug their Prius into a wall outlet to recharge. Toyota says that the lithium-ion battery pack can be fully topped off in an hour and a half. Most importantly, Toyota says that the Prius Plug-in Hybrid can achieve this using a standard household power outlet and doesn't require the use of an expensive dedicated charger (or the associated installation costs). 

According to preliminary numbers, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid will reach 60 mph in a leisurely 10.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 112 mph. Also noteworthy is the fact that despite the more powerful battery pack used in the plug-in variant, the vehicle is only 110 pounds heavier than the standard Prius. 

Sales will start early next year for the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, and Toyota expects to sell 50,000 units per year worldwide. Unfortunately, we do not have pricing for the vehicle, although we'll be sure to bring you those figures when they become available.

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14.5 miles
By chmilz on 9/14/2011 12:10:11 AM , Rating: -1
If your daily errands can be done in less than 14.5 miles, walk or ride your bicycle. Trim a few X's off that size XXXL underwear.

RE: 14.5 miles
By kjboughton on 9/14/2011 1:11:59 AM , Rating: 4
Right, because we all have oodles of time in our day to go on a 14.5 mile walk.

Don't forget, some of us have to work or the lights go out.

RE: 14.5 miles
By Jedi2155 on 9/14/2011 3:47:52 AM , Rating: 2
I would if I could, but I'm currently working 50 hours/week plus taking 2 courses towards my Masters in systems engineering degree. I can only spare about 2 hours a week in gym time. I think biking is possible but for most of us, we're lazy bastards and prefer to drive.

RE: 14.5 miles
By Lord 666 on 9/14/2011 10:21:03 AM , Rating: 3
Or its raining or snowing.

RE: 14.5 miles
By heffeque on 9/14/2011 4:32:42 PM , Rating: 2
It also rains and snows in countries like Norway, the Netherlands or Sweden... and they use their bikes A LOT.
Just sayin'

RE: 14.5 miles
By TSS on 9/14/2011 6:00:17 AM , Rating: 3
Take it from me, i don't have a drivers licence nor do my parents, you're not going to use a bike for errands more then a mile away. I'd love to see you ride a bike for 15 miles with 2 grocery bags on the steering wheel in the rain at 8 degrees celcius comming home from work. Nobody wants to do that. The only people that ride a bike for that distance is highschool kids living in villages around the city and go to school in the city. And i can assure you as soon as they turn 16 they turn to scooters and mopeds (driving age here is 18).

Americans are fat because of the quality and quanity of food they shove down their throats. Here in holland, the only 2 fat people i know are so because 1 has other health problems causing it, and the other simply loves to cook and eat. I know of 1 person that was becomming fat and stopped it in time, a college buddy of mine. Know the cause? He drinks lots of alcohol. Unlike popular belief, that doesn't give you a beer belly. What does give you that belly is the fat crap you eat while intoxicated. He stopped eating so much potato chips when drunk, and he magically stopped getting fatter (actually lost a bit of weight after that).

Excersize is important if you want to lose weight. If you want to stop gaining weight stop stuffing your face.

RE: 14.5 miles
By riottime on 9/14/2011 7:39:17 AM , Rating: 1
but fat is caused by the fat gene! it's not a person's fault at all. it's a hereditary condition past down by your ancestors. it's not the fat person's fault. it's their dna's fault. :P

having said that, i would love owning a prius. unfortunately, living in apt can't plug in to charge so that's out of the question. :(

RE: 14.5 miles
By Spuke on 9/14/11, Rating: 0
RE: 14.5 miles
By garagetinkerer on 9/14/2011 10:21:32 AM , Rating: 4
A VW Polo Blue-Motion gets 70+, so why are you paying more this hybrid?

RE: 14.5 miles
By p3ngwin on 9/14/11, Rating: 0
RE: 14.5 miles
By drycrust3 on 9/14/2011 11:30:49 AM , Rating: 3
what's the polution like coiming out of that VW

CO2 + H2O, just like what you breath out.

RE: 14.5 miles
By Dr of crap on 9/14/2011 1:04:53 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, it's about the great styling, too!!!


RE: 14.5 miles
By twhittet on 9/14/2011 11:42:02 AM , Rating: 2
What's the actual EPA rating on it? 70+ Euro is not 70+ EPA.

RE: 14.5 miles
By Spuke on 9/14/2011 1:26:47 PM , Rating: 2
It's not sold in the US so not likely tested here.

RE: 14.5 miles
By Spuke on 9/14/2011 3:32:55 PM , Rating: 2
A VW Polo Blue-Motion gets 70+, so why are you paying more this hybrid?
Why are you recommending a car that isn't sold in the US?

RE: 14.5 miles
By Black1969ta on 9/14/2011 10:20:42 PM , Rating: 2
Because this is the Internet, as in International network, not Usanet as in USA network only. He is just mentioning a vehicle that is local to him. but he raises a good point, manufacturers can make cars that get better MPG than the almighty Prius, but people need to demand it. And accept the downsides that come with it.

RE: 14.5 miles
By Targon on 9/14/2011 10:10:22 AM , Rating: 2
It's still only 7.7 miles each way as your maximum range on all-electric...that isn't far enough to be worth spending that money.

RE: 14.5 miles
By AmbroseAthan on 9/14/2011 1:57:49 PM , Rating: 2
Know the cause? He drinks lots of alcohol. Unlike popular belief, that doesn't give you a beer belly. What does give you that belly is the fat crap you eat while intoxicated.

I normally would not pick on something like this, but I lived with a nutritionist for 4 years, and dated another one recently and am still friends with both. The unfortunate truth is drinking in large amounts will generally make you gain weight, unless you specifically modify your diet to handle it.

Beer (and alcohol) in general is a serious problem for people's weight when done in excess. The average "regular" beer (12oz can) is around 150 calories, while a light beer is 100 calories. If you took someone who should have 2,500 calories a day, and they go out for a night and have 6 drinks, they are looking at 600-850 calories, just from what they drank.

In the end (barring medical conditions), calories are about the only thing that matters for people's weight. Most people will not offset this with extra exercise or less food, and if you do this a few times a week, you will see the pounds add up quickly.

RE: 14.5 miles
By TSS on 9/16/2011 9:05:04 AM , Rating: 2
You obviously haven't spent any time with alcoholists then. Otherwise you'd know it's perfectly possible to lose weight just by drinking beer and not-eating anything on the side. You do need a couple of supplements, but it's possible.

You can stuff your body with calories all you want if your system doesn't absorb said calories, your not getting any fatter.

both the buddy mentioned and another one aren't fat, and they drink atleast 3 litres of beer each day, with atleast 4 in the weekend. I'm not saying that's good, i am saying they need to cut back and they both know it. But i'm also saying that beer alone simply does not make you fat.

RE: 14.5 miles
By danjw1 on 9/14/2011 3:48:27 PM , Rating: 2
3.3 mph is the normal human walking speed. Maybe a bike, but I hate riding bikes. :-) I do walk a lot within a few miles of my home, but a lot of shopping is further then that from where I live. So, walking isn't always an option.

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