The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime provides an EV-only range of 25 miles thanks to its 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. After those miles, the Prius Prime delivers 54 mpg when running on gas—beating all other plug-in hybrids for efficiency when running on gasoline. The 2020 version of the Prius Prime expands its back row seating to become a five-passenger vehicle.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
July 03, 2014

Exclusive: In 2016, Toyota to Offer Wireless Charging on Next-Gen Prius Plug In

Massachusetts-based WiTricity, Toyota's partner, is also working with Honda (which also wants to go to market in 2016), Nissan and BMW. Alex Gruzen, WiTricity's CEO, said in an interview that 2016 is likely to be the year that wireless charging for cars sees widespread adoption.

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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 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 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 Zach McDonald ·
September 16, 2011

Bay Area Green Drive Expo is Tomorrow!

The second annual Bay Area Green Drive Expo will take place tomorrow at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, Calif. Green Drive Expo is the San Francisco Bay Area's first and largest consumer event for hybrid and electric vehicles, featuring test drives of some of the most highly anticipated green cars and guest speakers specializing in a range of topics from energy independence to hybrid battery repair. This year, the expo will play host to the North American debut of the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in.

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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 ·
May 08, 2010

Despite Caveats, Prius Plug-in Hybrid Could Be Surprise Hit

The release of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid—on schedule for 2012—puts Toyota in an awkward position: the need to leapfrog itself. “The problem is that we’re competing against ourselves,” said Bill Reinert, national manager, Advanced Technology Group at Toyota Motor Sales, speaking at the company’s Sustainable Mobility Seminar held in La Jolla, Calif. this week. “How do you offset the costs and make a cogent case for the customer, especially because the conventional Prius is so damn good?”

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