By GreenHybrid Editors on November 2, 2011 5:44 PM
The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in, which will go on sale in Spring of 2012, earned Decisive magazine's annual Urban Green Vehicle of the Year Award today. The three Urban Vehicles of the Year award winners and finalists were announced after being selected by an independent panel of automotive journalists, who reviewed several dozen cars and trucks in various North American urban settings. Decisive magazine's Urban Vehicles of the Year, which were selected on the basis of style, practicality and attainability, will be featured in the magazine's winter issue and on mobile applications.
Toyota's exciting new Prius Plug-In will be hitting dealership floors soon, and a few more concrete official details have come in by way of a report from Bloomberg News. The Plug-In ditches the standard Toyota Prius's small nickel-metal hydride battery pack for a beefier, heavier lithium-ion unit, giving the ability to run for around 13 miles on electric power alone. Regenerative braking can recharge the batteries past the capacity necessary to power the car in hybrid form, meaning on some trips drivers should see more than 13 miles of EV-only cruising.
The production version of Toyota's exciting new 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid will release in just a few short months. Hybrid car buyers should consider waiting for the car's release date in early 2012. The plug-in version's chief advantage is its ability to run for around 13 miles, Toyota promises, before its gasoline motor kicks in at all.
When the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale about this time next year, it will be the first mass-production vehicle from Toyota that plugs in. Yet, despite that, the Plug-In feels more like a value-added version of the Prius than a model that will be itself iconic or radically new.
It's value-added, because owners will have some of the benefits of an electric vehicle, without the worry that they won't make it back on a charge. After a relatively short three-hour charge on standard 110V household power, you can drive approximately 12 to 15 miles without the gasoline engine contributing to propulsion. After that, it's just a standard Prius and gets about the same mileage as the standard-issue model (which has an EPA-rated 51 mpg city, 48 highway).
By GreenHybrid Editors on January 12, 2011 9:04 AM
As part of the family of four Toyota Prius hybrids that the carmaker unveiled at the today's Detroit Auto Show, it showed a concept for a new, compact Prius hatchback.
Low, edgy, and relatively sleek for a highly aerodynamic Kamm-tailed car, the Prius C concept is actually Toyota's second concept on the compact hybrid theme, the first being the lime-green FT-CH Concept that was unveiled at the same show last year.
By GreenHybrid Editors on December 27, 2010 10:10 AM
The 2011 Detroit Auto Show holds promise for Prius-lovers, with the first addition to the ubiquitous hybrid brand's family: an MPV, or multi-purpose vehicle. Americans may want to call it a wagon, or a hatchback, or something else, but whatever it's named, it's a longer, larger version of the Prius.
X Games skateboarder Bob Burnquist, himself a big fan of sustainable living and minimizing environmental impact, gives us a few teasers of what to expect--including a look down its long cargo area--in the video below. Beyond this small sneak peek, however, we know a bit about what to expect of the Prius MPV.
By GreenHybrid Editors on September 11, 2009 3:39 PM
The editors at Autos.com have put together a helpful guide for shoppers interested in purchasing a used 2nd generation Toyota Prius. Not only is this the generation of Prius that's synonymous with the word hybrid, but it's also the hybrid that brought the technology to the masses. Additionally, it's hands-down one of the most reliable vehicles you could buy, not to mention most-efficient. Used Toyota Prius Buying Guide
Overview The all-new 2010 Toyota Prius offers no surprises, just significant
improvement. It's sleeker and better looking, and more powerful while
delivering an EPA-rated 51/48 mpg City/Highway, up by 3 miles per
The hybrid mechanicals are lighter by 65 pounds, while being more
efficient and presumably stronger. The 1.8-liter gas engine is also
new, producing more horsepower while being more efficient. Top speed
has flown to 112 miles per hour from 103 mph, slam-dunk evidence that
the Prius is a lot slicker package at half that speed.
The 2010 Toyota Prius has been redesigned top to bottom, with more family
space inside and more Lexus-style luxury technology. We can expect this
next evolution of America's best selling hybrid car to be roomier,
faster and more fuel-efficient than the current model.