Prius Plug-in Hybrid better than Volt and Leaf in the first six months of sales

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 14, 2012

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid went on sale six months ago. Since then, it has sold 6,061 units, surpassing the sales achieved by the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf on their first six-month periods. Even before the Prius plug-in hybrid model was offered in the market, it already had attracted fans. It’s not surprising then that Toyota’s first six months of sales were considerably higher than the Volt with 2,745 units sold and the Leaf with 3,875 units sold.

These are their sales for the first six months that they were offered and not the same six-month period of the Prius sales. The Volt had made a recovery since then but the Leaf still struggles. Consumer data indicate that consumers pick the Prius Plug-in over the Volt and Leaf due to its fuel economy, which aids in reducing the range anxiety from driving pure electric vehicles. This theory actually applies more to the Leaf than the Volt.

The Prius Plug-in can return 95 MPGe. It takes 2.5 to 3 hours to fully charge its battery when using a standard 120-volt household outlet. When a 240-volt charging station is used, it only takes 1.5 hours to get a full charge.

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