We've talked about the Prius
Plug-in Hybrid and the Prius
v on a number of occasions here on DailyTech.
Now, we have official
pricing for both of the new hybrids.
The Prius v will start at $27,140 when it launches in the
U.S. this fall. The Prius v uses the same hybrid powertrain as the standard
Prius, but has a larger cargo area behind the rear seats (34.3 cu ft versus
21.6 cu ft). The Prius v weighs 200 pounds more than the standard Prius, so
fuel economy suffers. Combined fuel economy for the Prius v is 40mpg instead of
the loftier 50mpg for the regular Prius.
The Prius Plug-in Hybrid will be priced from $32,760. The
new lithium-ion battery pack in the plug-in variant allows the vehicle to
travel up to 15 miles on battery power alone (at speeds up to 62mph). After the
15 miles is exhausted, Prius Plug-in Hybrid will operate exactly like any other
Toyota says that the Prius Plug-in Hybrid can be charged in
1.5 hours using a 240V outlet or 2 to 3 hours using a 120V outlet.
The Prius Plug-in Hybrid also qualifies for a $2,500 federal
quote: This is effectively no different than the current administration's decision to "loan" (read: lose) public funds at risk to a private corporation (Solyndra) in pursuit of similarly non-economically feasible "green" initiatives. Except in this case there is no claim that the money spent will ever be recouped.
quote: Hey, I've got a great idea: why don't we return to the ideals of our founding and start behaving as those the Constitution means something. Restore the Republic!
quote: I've said this many times before - electric cars and hybrids are not the solution to anything. They're less efficient than current turbo-diesel engines and have comparatively lower performance.
quote: As for fuel, they would only shift the dependence from petroleum to coal if they were widely adopted.
quote: You want us to burn MORE coal?
quote: That's better than burning gas or diesel?I know they have cleaned up in the smoke stacks, but there is NO WAY coal is better for our air quality than gas or diesel.
quote: You don't get black lung from getting oil out of the ground or making gas from crude oil.
quote: Make bio-diesel and burn that and you're way better than EVs in all respects!
quote: Not really but there are other ways to produce energy and coal can be made cleaner. If you don't mind the additional costs.
quote: You realize even with all the emission control devices and restrictions on sulfur in the base fuel for our cars now there is still a smog problem. In general it is easier to contol the polution of a few highly efficient generators than it is to control the output of millions of vehicles which may get little or no maintence.
quote: While I prefer bio-diesel over dino-diesel for emissions reasons I still lump it in the same category as corn-ethanol. (Sounds good when you are using a waste stream for you stock but far from a solution for the whole fleet.)
quote: I know they have cleaned up in the smoke stacks, but there is NO WAY coal is better for our air quality than gas or diesel. You don't get black lung from getting oil out of the ground or making gas from crude oil. Make bio-diesel and burn that and you're way better than EVs in all respects!
quote: They are more efficient that diesel. You have to remember that 1 gallon of diesel = 1.15 gallons of gasoline when refined from the same source.
quote: There's also the issue of which fuels are cost-effective to refine from crude oil. In a nutshell, 100% diesel is most expensive, 100% gasoline is less expensive, and a mix of diesel and gasoline is least expensive. So any comprehensive energy strategy seeking to minimize cost will use both gasoline and diesel solutions.
quote: And there is nothing preventing you from sticking a hybrid electric drivetrain onto a diesel engine.
quote: That's the point. Not that I like coal, but the U.S. is the world's Saudi Arabia of coal. It has some of the most extensive coal deposits in the world.