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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 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.

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