Given that the Prius already had quite the following before its plug-in hybrid model hit the market, it’s no surprise that Toyota’s first six months of sales were significantly better than the Volt’s 2,745 and the Leaf’s 3,875. Keep in mind that those are the first six months of each respective car’s totals, and not the same six-month period that Toyota was selling its Prius Plug-in Hybrid model.
The Volt has since recovered, but the Leaf has continued to stumble. Regardless, buyer data has shown that consumers choose the Prius Plug-in over the Volt and Leaf because of its fuel economy, which helps dispel range anxiety of pure electric vehicles. Though that logic applies more to the Leaf than the Volt.
The Prius Plug-in is rated at 95 MPGe with a full charge taking 2.5 to 3 hours using a standard 120-volt household outlet. A 240-volt charging station can fully charge the Plug-in in 1.5 hours.
“When I pre-ordered the Prius Plug-in, I was wondering (and hoping) if it would do my 15-mile commute in all-electric EV mode. To my pleasant surprise, I have found that I can do it with 2 – 2-1/2 miles of EV range to spare. Even with the A/C on, I make it home with a mile or more left. Of course, terrain, speed limits, climate and driving style have something to do with that,” said Prius Plug-in Hybrid owner Paul Kenyan.