Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Gets 62 MPG, But Takes 215,000 Miles To Break Even

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Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Gets 62 MPG, But Takes 215,000 Miles To Break Even

Inside Line was awarded a plug-in hybrid version of the Toyota Prius, well in advance of official production, and after reaching the 500 mile mark, some observations have begun to surface about Toyota’s newest hope for green motoring.

The plug-in Prius delivers about 62 mpg combined, an impressive figure, but according to Autoblog Green, something that regular Prius drivers can replicate with their own cars. With a starting price of $27,500, a Prius plug-in owner would have to drive the car 215,000 miles before recouping the financial cost of the car, a towering proposition in light of how little we know about the durability of hybrids. The costs don’t even take into account the cost of charging a Prius plug-in, which currently sits at 65 cents per fill.

Right now, the Prius plug-in is just a prototype, but you can be certain it will arrive in showrooms sooner rather than later.

Check out Autoguide’s review of the Toyota Prius here

[Source: Autoblog Green]

  • Chad

    Ah, the dirty secret of hybrids finally gets reported. I did this same math earlier this year and had some liberals insult me for daring to question the almighty green movement. Did this 215,000 mile estimate take into account the cost of NEW batteries? And how many times for those new batteries?

  • Nay Say

    Another negative repost spin, on a mostly positive article?
    Conjuring the likes of Chad Vader.
    At least you linked to the original article.

    Of positive mind…the article mostly emphasizes…
    “Along with being a genuinely entertaining car to drive, thanks to its video game-like operation, the Prius makes huge strides forward in 2010 in all areas”.

    Also battery technology is rising, as cost lowers.

    Perhaps you both need a nice swim, off the cost of Florida / Louisiana before posting.

  • Chad

    It is no secret that I an enemy of modern day hybrids and EVs, because the marketing surrounding them is a lie, and they are targeted at the wrong people. Today’s EV’s are for the rich, who don’t really have to worry about getting stuck by the side of the road in their fancy EV. It is Joe Average commuting an hour to work that needs this technology, but it isn’t priced for him to buy. When an EV can go 300 miles on a charge and costs the same as a Hyundai Accent, I will laud them as the next coming of Christ.

    So, let us stop with the “green” marketing and show these cars for what they really are…a higher profit margin for the makers, cashing in on people too stupid to do simple math, under the guise of eco-conscious.

    In the race to save this planet from doom and destruction, the poor and middle class are being dumped to the side to live in squaller while the rich and elite claim their “green” initiatives and pat each other on the back.

  • James Adcock

    Unfortunately, those who are racing to subject the planet to doom and destruction are ALSO dumping the poor and middle class to the side to live in squaller. Global warming hits poor people first and hardest. A universal theme of those goodie-two-shoes who are trying to save the planet that our children have to try to live is that part of any solution HAS to be is to insulate poor people from the costs of carbon reductions. Free or subsidized low income weatherization programs being a common approach to reduce carbon emissions while making poor people more comfortable AND while simultaneously reducing their utility bills. Tax credits on home improvements being the version that those darned goodie-two-shoes provide to middle-income households. Check the tax code: Form 5695

  • Nay Say

    Well put Chad.

    That I can definitely side with you on.

    I hope that the technology really does advance, as the price declines, as much as the greenies promise.

    Another issue in the USA is the red tape getting new batteries to us at a decent price.

    A new bicycle battery, bought in the US, to power my bicycle at 30 MPH for 40 miles ( assuming no peddling) cost about 2000 bux. Instead I had to buy the battery from China, with much concern of being totally ripped off, for 500 bux.
    I got lucky.
    These are the same batteries ( much smaller of course) that are used in the hybrids cars

    best wishes! and thanks for a decent reply to my somewhat emotional torte’

  • Leo

    The original purpose of the Prius was to meet California’s zero emission’s target, not necessarily to be the best mpg car in its class. Nor was its purpose to be cheaper to operate than a regular car.
    However, one way to reach the zero emissions definition is to be as efficient as you can, and that’s what Toyota’s engineers did with the Prius. If your objective is to have a low as possible carbon footprint as possible, then the Prius is for you. If it is to drive the cheapest mid-size car, it isn’t.

  • Jones

    Chad, At least buying a vehicle is still your choice. Unlike the “regulation thats good for the people” that has been put on insurance, banking, automotive and energy companies. Wait, we pay that cost.

  • grant

    I never understand the opposition to things like hybrids. Sure they’re (relatively) expensive. No they’re not perfect. But the way to make them better and cheaper is not to keep them off the market until they’re perfect and so cheap you can give them away. That will never happen. Better to put them on the market now and let whoever wants to buy them now, for whatever reason they decide makes sense for them. The next generation of eco-cars will be better than this one, and the one after that better still. It’s a process, not a deliverance.

  • Michael Hall

    I’m an older guy who has spent his life loving cars. But after fifteen years of gas guzzling suvs and being held hostage to the oil industry, I bought a new Prius. I didn’t buy it because I’m trying to green, I bought it because I got a great deal on the car and it gets amazing mileage. I drive 100 miles per day on average, a lot of it in the city. I have 15,000 on it now, best mileage was 57, worst was 50 mpg. I drive as fast as any traffic I’m in. I’m not trying to prove a point, it’s simply a great car. I didn’t buy one before because of my concern about the life of the battery. But after watching neighbors who commute like I do drive hybrids for over 150,000 miles with original miles, I’m not worried. Just so you know there is another side to the story. Some of us are car guys who just want great mileage.

  • mholdr

    you forgot about the $3000 TAX CREDIT!!!!

    say hello to $4-5/gallon gas in the summer of 2011.

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