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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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By Philippine Mango on 9/14/2011 1:54:00 AM , Rating: 0
That is true, however electricity is cheaper than gasoline believe it or not. At $0.04 per KWH, that's the equivalent of about $1.35 a gallon gasoline. You can get these "subsidized rates" if you have an agreement with your utility company such as PG&E on the west coast. Lot of utility companies are offering this option of having reduced electric rates for those who own an electric car and charge it at home. Shit, even if you used the nationwide $0.12 per KWH rate, that would be the equivalent of $4 per gallon gasoline which is slightly more expensive than gasoline depending on where you are but since the electric drivetrain is so efficient, that gets negated.

RE: WOW a wopping 14.5 miles - STOP the presses
By Jedi2155 on 9/14/2011 3:43:53 AM , Rating: 2
Efficiency of a gas engine is typically 20-30% so its actually 12.3 kWH/gallon (energy equivalent). So at $0.14/kWH its $1.72/gallon.

Here is a simple calculator for you if you want to know the pure dollar savings.

By Philippine Mango on 9/14/2011 6:47:41 AM , Rating: 2
If you use the website, input the cost per KWH of say $0.12 for an electric vehicle, it will, in parenthesis directly covert that into a gasoline cost equivalent of around $4 per gallon.

By Jedi2155 on 9/14/2011 12:42:47 PM , Rating: 2
While I believe the possibility of that, as it seems many would like to rate EV's with MPGe values that highly inflate their MPG values. Please provide a link to that source.

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