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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 12:28:28 AM , Rating: 2
Not really but there are other ways to produce energy and coal can be made cleaner. If you don't mind the additional costs.

If the majority of the world's electric power was coming from modern nuclear power plants, EVs and plug-in hybrids would actually be worth considering if the goal is to reduce fossil fuel dependence...but due to the general "fear" of nuclear power, most electricity comes from coal-fired plants. Yes, there are ways to burn coal more cleanly than the old days, but retrofitting old, dirty plants isn't high on the priority list.

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.

Smog as a result of vehicle emissions has largely been eliminated due to the catalytic converter...and industrial emissions are already 'regulated', yet they still contribute to the majority of the pollutants in the air today. Did you stop to think about the costs involved with scrubbing the emissions of a power plant that runs 24/7/365 vs a car that drives 12K-15K miles per year?

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.)

The alternative "bio" fuels did not improve on emissions; they were primarily concocted as an alternate source. Bio-diesel is not in the same category as corn-ethanol because bio-diesel can be produced from bio-WASTE material whereas corn-ethanol takes away from a resource we already depend on - corn and corn-based products.

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