Toyota to start leasing 150 of its Prius plug-in hybrids in the US

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

Toyota Motor Corp. aims to further its lead away from General Motors Co. and Nissan Motor Co. in the field of rechargeable cars by starting to sell affordable plug-in hybrid cars in 2011. Toyota added an external charging function and more batteries to the Prius Plug-In Hybrid (PHV), its first plug-in model, to enable longer-distance driving on electricity alone.

Many consider range anxiety as a main shortcoming of battery-powered full-electric cars but the plug-in hybrids, which also run on gasoline, have eliminated that problem.

The Prius is rivaled by GM's Volt, which will go on sale next year. When using only the electric motor, the Prius PHV can travel 23.4 km or 14.5 miles, which means that zero emissions is possible on the short commute.

If Prius PHV is given a full tank of gas and is fully charged too, the car will be able to travel 1400km or 870 miles. On the other hand, another competitor, Nissan's Leaf electric car can go 160km (about 100 miles) on a single charge.

The Leaf will be available in 2010. Toyota, which is proud of its status as the world's biggest automaker and top seller of gasoline-electric hybrid cars, aims to sell "several tens of thousands" of plug-in hybrid cars to consumers in an "affordable" price range.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Nikola Motor’s hydrogen-powered semi-trailer truck is highly appealing with its many advancements but don’t expect it to arrive in the near future. In November 2016, Toyota announced the possibility of...
by - December 5, 2016
Usually, it is up to resourceful spy photographers to take clear pictures of vehicle prototypes, especially those that have aroused a lot of interest. The same is true for Project...
by - December 5, 2016
The much-anticipated debut of the new Wrangler will surely happen. As it approaches, we’ve gathered all the latest information released so far. Of course, most are expecting that the next...
by - December 5, 2016
Nissan has announced the pricing for its new commercial pickup line. So for those who have been waiting for Nissan’s official price list (plus a little more info), read on… ...
by - December 5, 2016
Sorry folks, the AMG-fied Mercedes-Benz X-Class will remain in the fantasy world. According to some news, the AMG big boss has finally spoken up about why an AMG X-Class is...
by - December 5, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries