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Prius v

Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota's newest hybrids get priced

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 Prius hybrid. 

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 tax credit.



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RE: Disappointed
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/17/2011 5:34:02 PM , Rating: 2
1) Pricing. Either Edmunds is giving the wrong pricing, or something else is going on:

2011 Prius One, MSRP $22,100
http://www.edmunds.com/toyota/prius/2011/

I usually go to Edmunds to make quick pricing comparisons across various makes/models, so if their information wrong, I'll concede to this point.

2) I DID that that 37 mpg was one the gasoline engine took over -- it is the combined fuel economy number on gasoline-only per the EPA. I probably shouldn't have said that it's comparable to regular compact cars as its combined is about 3 mpg better than the best compact.

But if we're going to play the numbers game, the Volt is 26% worse than the Prius' combined rating on gasoline-only, not 20%. The Prius is actually 50mpg EPA combined.

3) As to your other points, I would actually have to agree and go back on the statement about the Prius Plug-in being a slam dunk -- it should be the regular Prius that is the slam dunk.

Given the regular Prius' price point and it's fuel efficiency, its a tough act to beat.

The EPA puts the "fuel cost" of going 15,000 miles in a Volt on battery power alone at $648. They put the cost of going 15,000 on gasoline only at $1,580

The cost of a regular Prius going 15,000 miles is listed at $1,098. If you NEVER EVER EVER tap into the gasoline engine on the Volt, then $648 is extremely low. But odds are, you're going to be hitting that gasoline engine a bit and that number is going to inch closer and closer to the Prius' $1,098 fuel cost for 15,000 miles.

Take into account the price differential, and I can't really make a case for the Volt at all.


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