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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 Spuke on 9/14/2011 9:51:18 AM , Rating: 0
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.
They still get 50 mpg without plugging in dude.

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.

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