Toyota Prius Prime (Plug-in Hybrid) News

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
June 12, 2013

Drive Report: Mileage in a Week with the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

When Toyota unveiled its Prius Plug-in Hybrid in 2011, there was significant consternation in the plug-in car world. With only 11 miles of range, many EV advocates viewed the Plug-in Prius as not really very electric. To them, the Plug-in Prius was a car built with just enough EV range to give it access to California’s HOV lanes. But can the 11-miles electric range offered by the 2013 Prius plug-in hybrid make a difference to your gas mileage? Can you really drive the plug-in Prius like an EV? Or are you better off driving a car like the 2013 Chevrolet Volt?

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 22, 2013

Toyota Video Campaign Puts "Normal" Prius Plug-in Into Hands of Newbies

In a new series of web videos released last week, Toyota highlighted the "normal"-ness of the Prius Plug-in by dropping it into the hands of four everyday people who hadn't owned a plug-in before.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 04, 2013

Toyota Says Discounts Are Necessary to Sell Its Plug-Ins

Toyota Division Group Vice President Bill Fay told Wards Auto that dealership incentives on the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid will continue to be necessary for the company to keep pace with last year’s sales figures. The automaker sold 12,750 Prius PHEVs in 2012. “I don’t know that we have to necessarily go around and match everybody,” he said, referring to Toyota discounts intended to make plug-in cars competitive with gas-powered vehicles. “But we have to be sure we offer the same kind of value when they go to buy the vehicle.”

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 05, 2012

Sales of Plug-in Hybrids Eclipse Pure EVs in November

With sales of 1,766 units, the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid topped the sales chart in the plug-in segment in November. When you add sales of the Chevy Volt, and the first purchases of the C-Max Energi, the popularity of plug-in hybrids—over pure electric cars like the Nissan LEAF—become very evident.

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By Eric Loveday ·
October 03, 2012

Plug-In Prius Sales Push Plug-in Hybrids Way Ahead of EVs

September 2012 is now in the record books as the single month with the highest volume of plug-in sales in the US since the new wave of plug-ins launched in December 2010 and there's reason for Chevy, Nissan and even Toyota to celebrate.

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By Eric Loveday ·
September 13, 2012

Is 136 MPGe Possible with Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid?

In a press release issues this week, Toyota flexes its plug-in muscles: "Buyer data shows that some consumers purchase a Prius Plug-in instead of a Chevy Volt or Nissan LEAF because of its fuel economy, how the Plug-in dispels range anxiety of pure electrics, and the value that the Prius Plug-in represents."

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 03, 2012

The Prius Plug-In Hybrid: A California Car Non-Residents Can Like, Too

The vast majority of the 5,818 sold so far are going to the California, where HOV access and state incentives are attractive. But the car, with up to 15 miles of electric range, also has curb appeal elsewhere.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 20, 2012

Slow Uptake on Green Carpool Stickers for Plug-in Hybrids

Fewer than 4,000 of California’s green carpool lane stickers—targeted to promote sales of plug-in hybrids—have been issued so far, according to figures from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. As of Aug. 3, the state had issued 2,643 decals to Prius Plug-In owners and 1,114 to Volt owners, according to a report in North County Times.

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By Eric Loveday ·
July 31, 2012

Government Awards Only 4 Stars to Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Shortly after launching in the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) put the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid through its official set of crash tests. The results show that the Prius Plug-in Hybrid managed an overall rating of only four stars. While that seems decent, the standard Prius liftback is five-star rated by the NHTSA.

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By Eric Loveday ·
May 24, 2012

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Sales Surpass 7,300

Toyota's recent sales breakdown shows that 4,700-plus Prius Plug-in Hybrids were sold in Japan prior to May 1 and that its "overseas" total hit 2,500 on April 30.

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