2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

  • Toyota Plug-in iPhone App

    With perhaps the exception of British electronic synthesizer group Add N to (X) and a certain risqué music video, the concept of plugging in an electronic gadget isn’t what most people would think of as the most...ahem...suggestive of acts. But Toyota’s latest Japanese social media campaign for its 2012 Prius Plug-in hybrid alludes to just that, due in part to suggestive camera angles and some rather short skirts. Moreover, neither the PLUG-IN Championship iPhone app, or the video promoting it, appears to feature the popular plug-in hybrid once. Confused? You should be...

  • Green HOV-Lane Sticker
    CA’s Green HOV-Lane Access: Off To A Slow Start?

    Earlier this year, the State of California launched a new, green HOV-lane sticker, letting qualifying plug-in hybrids drive in the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, even if there is only a single occupant in the car. According to California's North County Times however, fewer than 4,000 stickers...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Energi
    Is Ford Fusion Energi (20-Mile Electric Car) A Volt Competitor?

    As far as we know, not a single auto journalist has yet driven the upcoming plug-in hybrid Energi models of the 2013 Ford C-Max and 2013 Ford Fusion. But an interesting and illuminating post on HybridCars.com offers more details about those cars' electric capabilities than we'd seen to date. It led...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid
    2013 Ford C-Max Energi Priced at $33,745, Cheaper Than Prius Plug-In

    It’s official: not only does the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in hybrid travel further in all-electric mode than the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid, but it will cost less too. As Ford detailed last night, its first plug-in hybrid will retail for $33,750, has a combined gasoline + electric...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Crash Test
    2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Gets 4-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

    A few months after going on sale, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid has been given an official crash-test rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unlike the 5-star rated, five-door Prius liftback it is based on however, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid only...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, production version road test, San Diego, CA, Jan 2012
    Toyota Prius Popularity Continues To Soar, Boosting Hybrid Sales

    At the end of every month, major automakers participate in the age-old tradition of reporting their sales figures for the previous month. Frankly, those figures aren’t normally that exciting, but this month’s sales returns from Toyota caught our attention for one simple reason. During...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, production version road test, San Diego, CA, Jan 2012

    As every automaker knows, getting Royal endorsement for a particular car or brand can help boost its image. Normally, such Royal endorsements are limited to luxury or prestige brands, but earlier this week, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid received its official royal appointment courtesy of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. An avid car collector and sports car fan, Prince Albert II was presented with the plug-in hybrid yesterday by Didier Leroy, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe. Loaned to His Serene Highness for two months, the car is the very first production Prius...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Volt
    2012 Volt Electric Car Brings Chevy Whole New Type Of Customer

    Who buys a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car? It’s a question that we’ve tried to answer in the past, examining initial sales data from General Motors to try and create the automotive equivalent of an indentikit Volt buyer. Unsurprisingly, many early-adopting Volt buyers were green car...

  • Felix Kramer and his fleet: Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Plug in Prius
    Which Will Sell More: Volt, Leaf, Or Plug-In Prius?

    In the quest for efficient mobility, there are three major players currently battling for top spot. The 2012 Nissan Leaf, 2012 Chevrolet Volt and 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In all have one main aim--efficiency--but all go about reaching that aim in different ways, which also means that each has its own...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, production version road test, San Diego, CA, Jan 2012
    Is the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid The Invisible Plug-In Car?

    For the past few years, every time an automaker has launched a new plug-in hybrid or electric car, it’s been to a fanfare of sorts. But while Nissan, General Motors and Fisker have attracted the spotlight as more and more customers step up for their new cars, Press coverage of Toyota’s...

  • Toyota Prius Vs. Chevrolet Volt
    Toyota Prius Plug-In Vs Chevy Volt: Which Is Cheaper Per Mile?

    Bridging the gap between battery electric vehicles and gasoline-electric hybrids we find cars like the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In and the 2012 Chevrolet Volt. Both are essentially hybrid vehicles, but use the technology in different ways to achieve different aims. Ultimately though, which vehicle...

  • 2009 Toyota Prius
    Study Says Hybrid Owners Don’t Always Buy Another Hybrid: Here’s Why

    For many years, ever-rising gas prices have encouraged more and more car drivers to make the switch to cars with hybrid drivetrains. But with the first hybrids well over 10 years old, what happens when hybrid owners search for their next car? Do they buy another hybrid, or make the switch to...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid window sticker showing EPA fuel efficiency ratings

    We all understand what miles-per-gallon means for a gasoline car. And we can readily grasp the range in miles of an electric car. But when a car has both a gasoline engine and an electric motor, things can get complicated. The standard 2012 Toyota Prius is rated at 50 miles per gallon, and at best it has 1 mile or so of all-electric range (under light acceleration up to, say, 30 mph). But the new 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid has a larger lithium-ion battery pack that plugs into a wall socket to recharge (in about 3 hours), giving it a multiple of that electric range. It doesn't...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V hybrid wagon, test drive in Catskill Mountains, Jan 2012
    Toyota Prius Hybrid Demand Rises As Gas Heads Toward $5/Gallon

    As gas prices across the U.S. continue an upward march towards $5 per gallon, demand for Toyota Hybrids is now the highest it has been for nearly four years. On Thursday last week, Toyota reported that sales of all Prius brand hybrids -- including the new 2012 Toyota Prius V wagon -- were up 52...

  • Toyota Prius Kingdom Ad
    Toyota Takes You On Safari To Prius Kingdom, Binoculars Essential

    Over the past few years, Toyota has run some pretty unusual ad campaigns for its range of Prius Hybrids, from the cute Harmony TV spot through to the mildly disturbing People Person creation and the downright hilarious Cleaner Than-A-Sheep print ad. Now the Japanese automaker wants you to don...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius C launch, Detroit Auto Show
    2012 Toyota Prius C Manual Leaked: Here’s What It Tells Us

    You’d think after scans of the complete Japanese-specification 2012 Toyota Prius C brochure leaked onto the Internet, Toyota would be a little more careful about information surrounding its upcoming subcompact hybrid. But a few days ago popular Prius fansite PriusChat discovered that the...

  • The Mercedes-Benz B-Class E-Cell Plus concept. Image: Mercedes-Benz
    Mercedes Plans B-Class Range-Extended Electric Car For U.S.

    At last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz displayed the B-Class E-Cell Plus, a range-extended concept electric car. In a little over ten weeks at the 2012 New York Auto Show, we’ll see it again -- but this time it will be a production version destined to go on sale exclusively...

  • U.S. DoE Video. Energy 101: Electric Vehicles
    U.S. DoE Tackles Electric Car Basics In New Energy 101 Video

    We’re often asked by new readers where they should go to brush up on electric car basics, so we’re always on the lookout for new resources to recommend alongside our own guides to cars like the 2012 Nissan Leaf and 2012 Chevrolet Volt. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department Of Energy...

  • Google-liveried 2012 Mitsubishi i

    Just before the holidays at the end of last year, Google welcomed the first 2012 Ford Focus Electric to roll off the production lines into its ever-expanding G Fleet of plug-in and hybrid cars. Google’s G Fleet now includes the 2012 Nissan Leaf, 2012 Chevrolet Volt, and various Toyota Prius plug-in hybrids, not to mention pre-production 2012 Honda Fit EVs. But why does Google seem to get electric cars well before anyone else? And just what exactly is a software company doing testing electric cars for the auto industry? However unfair it may seem, Google’s fleet of plug-in vehicles...

  • 2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid
    MPGe Showdown: Ford Claims C-Max Energi Will Beat Volt, Prius Plug-In

    When they're feeling confident, automakers boast about their specs, ratings, and performance with direct comparisons to the competition. It's horsepower for specialty cars like the perennial Camaro-Mustang duel, but increasingly for mainstream and green cars, it's miles per gallon. Yesterday, we...

  • 2012 Toyota Aqua hybrid (2012 Toyota Prius C)
    2012 Toyota Prius C Compact Hybrid: 2011 Tokyo Motor Show Debut Live Gallery

    Among the concept cars and pre-production prototypes being unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show this week, there were a handful of production-ready cars quietly making their public debut. Among them was Toyota’s 2012 Prius C hybrid hatchback. Smaller than the 2012 Prius, the 2012 Prius C...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011
    2012 Toyota Prius: GreenCarReports' Best Car To Buy 2012

    The late-night arguments are over, the statistical comparisons and product specs are put away, and we've made our choice. The GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy Award for 2012 goes to a pair of cars: the 2012 Toyota Prius V wagon and the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. The two new 2012 entries...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011
    2012 Toyota Prius V & Plug-In: Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2012 Nominees

    Ask pretty much any car buyer about green cars or hybrids and, chances are, that person will likely mention the Toyota Prius sooner or later. Until this year, though, the Prius has been a single model: a subcompact four-door sedan from 2000 through 2003, and then two generations of mid-size...

  • Best Car To Buy?
    Green Car Reports To Name '2012 Best Car To Buy' Next Week

    'Tis the season for 'car of the year' awards, and we're right there with the rest of the media. Next Monday, we'll announce the winner of our second annual Green Car Reports "Best Car to Buy" Award winner for the 2012 model year. At the same time, our sister sites--MotorAuthority and...

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