Toyota Prius Prime (Plug-in Hybrid) News

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By Nick Chambers ·
June 24, 2011

Will the Prius V Get the Plug-in Treatment Too? According to Toyota it's a Possibility

A few weeks ago, at a Prius V launch event, Toyota confirmed that the Prius V could rather easily support a plug-in system. Whether or not it ever gets one is another question entirely.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 09, 2011

Toyota Denies Reports That All Priuses Will Be Plug-in

The Japanese business journal Nikkei reported Monday that Toyota is planning to make plug-in capability a standard feature on all Prius hybrids beginning in 2014. PluginCars.com editor Brad Berman reached out directly to Jana Hartline, environmental communications manager at Toyota. "The report is not accurate," Hartline said. "We spoke to our offices in Japan, and the story is not true. There is no formal plan to make all Priuses plug-in."

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By Brad Berman ·
April 19, 2011

Prius Plug-in Hybrid Preliminary Ordering Starts on Friday

Toyota today announced the introduction of a new online ordering system for the 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid. The first phase of the system will launch on Earth Day, April 22—allowing customers who want to be one of the first to own a Prius Plug-in Hybrid to register their interest. It marks the beginning of the battle between plug-in cars with small and large batteries.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 08, 2011

Sound Alert System Issue for Hybrids and EVs Reaches New Level of Absurdity

With scant evidence that hybrid and electric vehicles pose a genuine danger to blind pedestrians, children or the elderly, the federal government is working on final rules for a new law requiring a sound alert system for these quieter cars. Controversy about the issue reached a new level of absurdity in recent weeks as it caused the delay of bringing two new electric-drive vehicles to market. There are currently nearly 2 million hybrid gas-electric cars on U.S. roads, none of which have artificial external systems to produce warning sounds.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 24, 2011

The Plug-in Prius “EV” Button is Missing in Action

Last week, I had the chance to use a prototype version of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid for my daily driving for three days. Even though the dashboard MPG was maxed out to 99.9 mpg for most of that time—spent running short-range trips around Berkeley—the Prius-with-plug felt slightly dissatisfying to me. That's because it doesn't have an EV button, which would mean even more efficient and enjoyable driving.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 10, 2011

Could Prius Become a Plug-in Powerhouse?

The big news from the Detroit Auto Show is that Toyota finally revealed the larger version of the Prius and a concept version of a compact hybrid that promised to be the most affordable and highest mpg model. All these models, plus two Toyota EVs, are on track to hit the market in 2012. But it's important to note that Toyota made sure the plug-in version of the Prius was also on stage in Detroit. Could plug-in Prius wagons and compacts appear in the near future?

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By Nick Chambers ·
September 14, 2010

Toyota to Sell Plug-in Prius Starting Spring 2012; Estimates $3-5K Premium Over Base Prius

A Toyota executive has spilled the beans on Toyota's aggressive plans to win back the spotlight on the rapidly changing landscape of hybrid and fully electric cars. In addition to six new global hybrids, Toyota is planning on releasing three plug-in cars to the U.S. market by the end of 2012.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 09, 2010

Energy Center Averages 83 MPG in Plug-in Prius Two-Month Trial

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) today officially started its participation in Toyota’s global Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Demonstration Program, which includes 150 vehicles placed with various partners throughout the U.S. But since June, CCSE has been running its own “in house” testing program, under the direction of Mike Ferry, the Center’s Manager of Transportation Programs. Between July 6 and August 25, Ferry cycled 13 CCSE employees through seven- to 10-day driving stints. The vital stats: Seven weeks. 13 employees, 3,450 miles. 83 miles-per-gallon...plus a few kilowatt-hours.

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By Nick Chambers ·
August 25, 2010

Toyota Joins List of Automakers Including Pedestrian Alert Sounds on Plug-Ins and Hybrids

As we've previously reported, the topic of adding pedestrian alert sounds to plug-ins and hybrids when traveling at low speeds with little noise is a polarizing one. Now Toyota, with their Prius and the upcoming Plug-in Prius, have joined the growing list of automakers adding an alert sound to their quiet vehicles. Initially the sound will be available as an add-on to the Prius in Japan for about $150 extra and will emit a synthesized electric motor sound at speeds below 25 km/h.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 13, 2010

Energy Center Reveals Surprising Plug-in Prius MPG Range

A few weeks ago, I spoke with Mike Ferry, transportation program manager at San Diego’s Center for Sustainable Energy. As the director of the California’s “Clean Vehicle Rebate Project” that offers a $5,000 rebate for EV purchases, he helped me get a better understanding about how the program works. But we also talked about his one-week experience behind the wheel of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid. The mpg can range from 40 to 100, depending on many factors.

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