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 |  Jul 10 2013, 4:02 PM


Toyota has launched wave two of the “Prius Plug-in MPG Challenge,” building on the success of its first wave which launched in May.

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 |  May 29 2013, 1:45 PM


To show off the merits of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid,  Toyota is setting up the Prius MPG challenge that will pit north-eastern based environmentally-conscious, charitable organizations against each other to see who can use the least fuel. 

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 |  Dec 29 2012, 11:01 AM

According to a recent study conducted by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, consumers are more interested in purchasing hybrid-electric vehicles than electric-only vehicles.

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 |  Nov 05 2012, 8:11 AM

The Fisker Karma didn’t need any more bad press when several models caught fire after being submerged in water at a New Jersey port during Hurricane Sandy. But now it appears the luxury hybrid wasn’t alone in its combustion.

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 |  Oct 20 2012, 11:01 AM

If you live in California, this won’t come as a surprise to you at all. The Toyota Prius is the best-selling car in the state – sort of.

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 |  Oct 15 2012, 3:46 PM

Toyota has just announced pricing for the Prius, Prius v and Prius Plug-in, almost all of which are getting a slight price bump for 2013. 

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 |  Sep 12 2012, 8:31 AM

After six full months on the market, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid has sold 6,061 units, outpacing the first six months of sales for the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf.

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 |  Jun 19 2012, 2:45 PM

Future Hybrids

Even though they’ve been around for well over a decade now, hybrids still have that ‘new technology’ feel. Consumers continue to be apprehensive to hybrid technology and there’s plenty of misinformation surrounding it.

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 |  Jun 02 2012, 12:01 PM

There are very few iconic characters that can be recognized worldwide, but Star Wars‘ R2-D2 and C-3PO are undoubtedly two droids with universal appeal.

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 |  Feb 27 2012, 8:01 PM

Toyota confirmed today that the 2012 Prius Plug-In has been approved for the State of California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP).

The CVRP is a consumer incentive made available in addition to the $2,500 Federal Tax credit for qualified vehicles. The 2012 Prius Plug-In has started to arrive at dealerships, and will also be eligible for the State of California’s HOV lane sticker.

The Prius Plug-In will be eligible for a $1,500 rebate that will be given to consumers on a first come, first serve basis. That rebate will be available to anyone who purchases or leases a Prius Plug-In for 36 months or longer.

The Prius Plug-In features a new Lithium-ion battery, boosting overall fuel economy and offers convenient charging times of only 2.5 to 3 hours using a standard 120-volt outlet, or 1.5 hours with a 240-volt outlet. The Plug-In also comes in an “Advanced” model which adds additional standard features of Premium HDD Navigation with Entune, Plug-In Hybrid Applications through a smartphone, Head-up Display, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and more.

The base MSRP for the Prius Plug-In Hybrid is $32,000 while the Advanced has an MSRP of $39,525. Both models are eligible for up to $4,000 in government-supported incentives – $2,500 federal tax credit and $1,500 CVRP.

A national rollout of Prius Plug-in is planned for 2013. At launch, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid will be available in the following 14 states:

  • California
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Arizona
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Maryland
  • Virginia.
 |  Jul 21 2011, 8:55 AM


Toyota is ambitious on sales of the plug-in version of its popular Prius hybrid. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, company spokesman John Hanson commented that, “We’re certainly on line to sell 16,000 to 17,000 in 2012.”

That would put the Prius Plug-in Hybrid well ahead of rivals like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. So far this year, Nissan has managed to sell just shy of 4,000 Leaf EVs, with Volt sales totaling in 2,745 at the mid-way point of the year.

Toyota is also confident that it won’t have any supply issues with the car, with Hanson commenting that they will build as many of the cars as the market demands.

When it does arrive in early 2012, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid will be able to travel 13 miles emissions free, before switching over to a conventional hybrid system, and achieving 50-mpg average. While the electric-only range won’t be equal to that of the Volt or Leaf, the Prius PHEV is expected to cost significantly less.

[Source: FreeP]

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid Prototype Review

 |  Apr 23 2011, 8:09 PM

Toyota Motor Sales USA has announced that it will be offering a new Online Ordering system for the Prius Plug-in hybrid.

The first phase, dubbed Priority Registration, began last week on April 22nd (Earth Day) and gave potential customers the chance to log on to a dedicated website and be among the first to order one of the Plug-in Hybrids.

The actual system will allow punters to choose options and configurations, exterior colors, the dealership they wish to purchase from (selected within 14 of the 15 launch states) as well as the ability for them to track their specific vehicle order through the phases of production, shipping and delivery.

Said launch markets for the latest edition to the Prius fleet in the US are Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Hawaii (though on-line ordering will not be available in Hawaii at launch).

Customers in these states will be able to receive their Plug-in Prius models in Spring 2012, with a full nationwide rollout scheduled to follow in 2013.

Click here for more information about the ordering system and the Prius Plug-in Hybrid.


 |  Jun 30 2010, 4:02 PM

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]