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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: WOW a wopping 14.5 miles - STOP the presses
By Samus on 9/14/2011 9:37:12 AM , Rating: 1

Having lived in San Diego for many years, I'll simplify this lack of an arguement with two words: tiered rates.

I grew a little pot one Summer in San Diego and fell into the uncomfortable 39 cent/kWh bracket.

People who charge their Prius on a daily basis will feel the same uncomfort. At 39 cents a killowatt hour, your basically paying 13 dollars a gallon equivilent for gas.

At least according to the EPA's 12 cents/kWh=1 gallon @ $4.00 bullcrap rule.

Listen, there is no defending this ridiculous car. Your paying more for something that will cost you more to operate and maintain, looking like a tool while doing so. Is there even a need to additionally detail how harmful the Prius is to the environment to assemble? It's gotten better since they finally scrapped the idea of putting a dozen lead-acid batteries under the trunk, but dangerous materials are still sourced and shipped all around the world to make this thing, then finally ship it HERE, where hopefully those materials will be recycled properly when the thing is junked...

By Keeir on 9/14/2011 2:42:20 PM , Rating: 2
Hello Friend,

Its true that San Diego charges a pretty fortune for EV charging. They will let you isolate the EV from the rest of your bill however.

However, there are utilities in the Lower 48 states that are chargins 6, 7, 8 cents per kWh for offpeak electric charging.

Even at the 16.7 cents per kWh, an electric vechiles will travel a mile on ~5.6 cents. Even a Prius requires ~8 cents of gasoline per mile.

Now you can rant and rave... or you could realize that for many people in this country at the 6, 7, 8 cent rates stand to save ~4-5 cents per mile traveled... which works out to be 4,000-5,000 over a fairly short time frame.

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