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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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By EricMartello on 9/20/2011 12:15:31 AM , Rating: 2
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.

That is not a measure of efficiency and I'm not even sure it is factually accurate...but it is a fact that diesel fuel contains more energy per equal unit of volume than gasoline, which means you can burn less diesel fuel to get the same power compared to a similar gasoline engine. In other words, diesel is fundamentally more efficient.

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.

The reason diesel fuel is higher now than it was about a decade ago is due to the "ultra low sulfur" requirement being imposed on it, which requires additional refining. Diesel engines are quite flexible about the types of fuel they can operate on. As long as the fuel has enough stored energy and appropriate octane value.

And there is nothing preventing you from sticking a hybrid electric drivetrain onto a diesel engine.

Because making the drivetrain more complex for little added benefit is the way to go to "minimize costs", right?

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.

So my original point stands. Hybrids and EVs are nothing more than an attempt at a paradigm shift to make the US the worlds energy dealer. They do nothing to improve the environment or reduce dependence on fossil fuels as their propaganda touts.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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