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Toyota Finally Gets Moving on Plug-in Prius for 2012

phevpriusWe've all been a little bit surprised by Toyota's lack of buy discount levitra online interest in producing a plug-in version of the Toyota Prius. They have frequently cited several factors in their slow path to the plug, including the inconvenience and cost of a plug-in system. But Toyota has finally decided to put a plug into a significant number of it's vehicles. Starting in 2012, Toyota will produce 20,000 to 30,000 plug-in Prius'. That is, at least according to a report from Japan's Nikkei news agency. The report also indicates that these cars won't come cheap, hilighting once again that we are still a ways off from the electrification of the autmobile.

The large lithium-ion batteries these cars will be using will bump the price up to "around the price of the iMiev", which is currently $48,000. That's a good bit more expensive than the Chevy Volt, and from what we've heard of the batteries system they're eyeing, it should only give the car about a fifteen mile all-electric range.

It's hard not to be disappointed by that, with GM's Volt promising 40 miles without gasoline at a lower price, but at least Toyota is finally planning on women levitra making them in mass.

Via Reuters

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written by Evan, July 06, 2009
I think its really time for more research into the advancement of cialis lowest price the batteries. Everyone knows that's all that's stopping electric cars from being affordable, and practical, but hardly anyone is doing anything about it.
written by Fred, July 07, 2009
interesting concept on plug in vehicles
written by Carl Hage, July 07, 2009
I don't understand why a Toyota-brand plug-in Prius would be $48,000 considering the existing retrofit plug-in battery systems (e.g. Hymotion) cost around $10,000. I think the current test plug-in's use an extra $3000 NiMh battery, so using that battery, it seems like they could make a high-end plug-in for $28,000.

With the Prius, you still need the gas engine because the electric motor is only 20Kw, so to accelerate fast or moderately, you need the extra power from the gas engine. The current battery is levitra for sale online only 10Kw (the other 10Kw comes from the generator when the gas engine is on). With 2 batteries, electric only for low-moderate acceleration is possible, but most cruising could be done with the batteries.

In theory, this architecture uses a smaller and cheaper set of motors, batteries, etc. than the full-electric EV or serial hybrid like the Volt.
written by Jeremy, July 17, 2009
About time, but I get the impression they're about to be faced with some stiff competition from the Chinese and BYD's new E6. Might explain why they're taking it more seriously.
written by autostry, July 18, 2009
Finally! I've been waiting for quite a while for them to make up their mind about this already.
written by cage, September 01, 2009
Its ridiculous that Toyota doesn't already offer a plug in car. Cal cars and hymotion have already taken the prius a long way towards being a plug in vehicle. They've given the Prius millions in technological advancement for nothing on Toyota's part.

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