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. That's a decent bump over Toyota's previously announced numbers of 49 MPGe in electric-only mode and 49 MPG in hybrid mode. The revised figures were announced by Carter at a Toyota Prius C launch event.
At 95 MPGe, the 2012 Prius Plug-in essentially matches the rating of the 2012 Chevy Volt. For the 2012 model year, the EPA revised the Volt's fuel economy ratings, increasing its electric mode rating from 93 to 94 MPGe.
The 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid offers 15 miles of electric-only range at speeds of up to 62 miles per hour. Due to its Electric Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicle (eAT-PZEV) status, the Prius Plug-in qualifies for California's carpool lane access—a perk now granted to the 2012 Chevy Volt as well.
The nearly identical efficiency rating of the Prius Plug-in and Volt will inevitably lead to comparisons between the two leading plug-in hybrids—despite the vehicles' divergent technology approaches, style, passenger and cargo space, and driving feel.
The most striking difference between the Volt and Prius Plug-in Hybrid is the sticker price. Starting at $32,760, Toyota’s Prius Plug-in Hybrid is significantly less expensive than the $39,995 Chevy Volt. However, the Volt qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax credit, while the Prius Plug-in is only eligible for $2,500. The difference between these tax incentive brings the final purchase price nearly to parity.
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