Toyota Prius Prime (Plug-in Hybrid) News

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By Brad Berman ·
May 02, 2012

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Tops Plug-In Sales Chart in April 2012

Though the Nissan LEAF and the Chevy Volt garner most of the media attention, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid was the vehicle that lit up the US sales chart in April by outselling all other available plug-in vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 27, 2012

Will Prius Plug-in Owners View the Plug As Optional?

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid went on sale in the past few weeks, without the fanfare that usually accompanies rollouts of new plug-ins. Maybe that's because the Prius Plug-in Hybrid is a hybrid first, and a plug-in second. This begs the question if owners will even bother to plug in on a regular basis.

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By Eric Loveday ·
February 28, 2012

EPA Rates Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid at 11 Miles of Electric-Only Range

Now that the Prius Plug-in is set to officially go on sale in the US, Toyota has released its EPA-confirmed numbers. According to Toyota, the Prius Plug-in has an electric-only range of 11 miles, but returns an impressive 95MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in hybrid mode.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 27, 2012

First Plug-In Prius Shipments Arrive in United States

The ship carrying the first Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid production units made a delivery at the port of Benicia, Calif., near San Francisco, over the weekend. The Eminent Ace cargo ship is now headed to the port in Long Beach to deliver more of the first Priuses equipped with a plug to thereby push its efficiency close to 100 miles per gallon.

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By Eric Loveday ·
February 01, 2012

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Set at 95 MPGe

Toyota will reportedly update its fuel economy figures for the 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid ahead of the vehicle's March 2012 launch. According to Toyota Division Group vice-president, Bob Carter, the 2012 Prius Plug-in returns 95 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 50 miles per gallon in hybrid mode.

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By Eric Loveday ·
November 29, 2011

Toyota Now Taking Orders for Prius Plug-in Hybrid in Japan

Toyota Motor has begun taking orders for its 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid in Japan. Toyota will launch the plug-in Prius in Japan in January 2012. According to the automaker, the annual sales target for the Prius PHV in Japan is set at 35,000 to 40,000 units.

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By Dave Hurst ·
October 20, 2011

REEVs and PHEVs: A Distinction, or a Difference?

Recently, at the EV 2011 VE conference in Toronto, I had the opportunity to drive the new plug-in Toyota Prius and the Chevrolet Volt back to back. The differences in the electric-drive behavior of the two vehicles have the potential to catch people off guard as they weigh their EV choices.

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By John Gartner ·
October 17, 2011

Prius Plug-in Versus Volt: Which Costs Less to Drive?

Now that Toyota’s Prius Plug-in Hybrid has been officially announced, we can begin the comparisons with the other plug-in electric vehicle with an extended driving range, the Chevrolet Volt.  The underlying question is which is more important to consumers: electric driving range, or total vehicle fuel efficiency?

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By Brad Berman ·
September 18, 2011

Prius Plug-in Offers 15 Electric Miles, But Retains Wimpy Feel

Offering a plug-in car that looks just like a Prius, and drives just like one, comes at a price: namely, that it looks just like a Prius and drives just like one. Many of the early adopters of the Prius wanted one because it felt like a significant leap into a braver and greener automotive future. That domain now belongs to cars without a tailpipe. Here’s the bigger point: the pure battery-powered electric car like the Tesla Roadster or even the LEAF has done wonders to erase the wimp factor associated with hybrids. The quick acceleration off the line in an EV makes all hybrids—including the Prius-with-plug—feel wimpy.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
September 07, 2011

Does Toyota Believe in Electric Cars?

A Toyota electric car called the TMG EV P001 last week set a new lap record for EVs of 7 minutes, 48 seconds around the mighty 13-mile Nürburgring race course in Germany. But no engineer from Toyota Motor Corporation, the Japanese company which builds the Corolla and the Prius, had anything to do with the TMG EV P001.

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