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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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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'


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