Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V launch press conference, 2011 Detroit Auto Show

    There's nothing like a story translated from overseas media, concerning a related but not-quite-the-same model of a new hybrid car, to get people all in an uproar. So here's the real deal on the 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon/minivan: It will still arrive in U.S. dealerships this fall. That's the official word from Toyota Motor Sales, which issued the following statement late yesterday afternoon: Following Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) announcement in Japan today that delivery of the Prius alpha will be delayed, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) announced that the Prius v is...

  • prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, April 2010
    Want A 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid? Register Online Now

    It's been a long time coming, but by June of next year, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid will go on sale in the U.S. If you're eager to be one of the very first on your block to own the world's most popular hybrid vehicle--but you insist on being able to plug it into grid power--now is your...

  • Kyle Thibaut and his grandmother in 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (CrunchGear TV)
    Would Your Granny Buy A 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid? (Video)

    It's all about video these days. We do video here at GreenCarReports (discussing whether a 2011 Chevy Volt will save you money, for instance) and so do many other automotive sites. But we have to admit, we never thought about bringing grandmothers into the picture. Which is exactly what Kyle...

  • 2011 Fisker Karma
    Plug-In Hybrid MPGs: Is Parallel or Range-Extended Better?

    These are exciting times to be a car shopper, as the choices in every possible category just keep getting better and more fuel-efficient. The options for ecologically sensitive hybrid buyers have taken a major step forward with the introduction of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the imminent arrival of...

  • Hertz electric vehicle rental
    Renting an Electric Car: When Is It Smart, When Is It Dumb?

    One way for potential buyers to get familiar with electric cars is to rent one. Several rental companies, among them Enterprise, have announced plans to rent 2011 Nissan Leaf and other electric models at selected locations. Renting an electric car lets you spend far more time in one than the...

  • Toyota exec Frank Miller and Zipcar CEO Scott Griffith
    Testing A Plug-In Prius Or Volt Gets Easier For Civilians

    With cars like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf already on sale, plus a handful of startups either selling or building battery-powered cars on U.S. soil, it’s safe to say that the electric car revolution is truly upon us. Sadly, the cost of entry to be a part of this revolution is still...

  • Zipcar's Scott Griffith and Toyota's Frank Miller with a Toyota Prius PHV

    If you are like me, then you probably can’t stand the idea of ordering a car that cost five figures and part of what you make in the year without driving it. So what are you to do? If you are one of the tens of thousands of consumers out there then you probably go an take a test-drive. That is a little trickier when it comes to leading edge technology like the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Toyota seems to get that and that the adoption rates by consumers are going to be slow if they can’t experience them. The solution—put them in the hands of drivers through controlled...

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010
    Toyota Prius Plug-In: Can It Measure Up To Chevrolet, Ford And Nissan’s Offerings?

    Last week, I wrote about how Ford and GM have staged comebacks that hinged in part on the carmakers’ embracing of new electronics, launching greener cars with smartphone apps and wireless and voice-command capabilities. Toyota will soon be joining the crowd by offering all of the above...

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010
    Smart Grid’s Silver Spring To Unveil Prius Charging Technology

    In the latest example of the opportunities created by the rollout of electric vehicles, smart grid networking player Silver Spring Networks announced it will unveil a prototype tomorrow of a charging station enabled with its technology for the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (pictured). The...

  • Smart Electric Drive at Hertz Global EV rental launch, New York City, December 2010
    Hertz To Launch Electric-Car Rentals in NYC, Add Smart To Fleet

    As it gears up to offer electric cars in selected rental fleets across the country, Hertz has dribbled out details of how its Global EV program will actually work. Today we learn that New York City will be the first region to receive the electric and plug-in hybrid rental cars, with rentals to...

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010
    Toyota Starts Sharing Its Prius Plug-in Prototype

    Over the Thanksgiving holiday the team over at GreenCarReports.com were lent a Toytoa Prius Plug-in Prototype to test. The plug-in Prius is one of those cars Toyota enthusiasts have been waiting for and speculating for quiet some time—some even call it a super Prius. Now that our sister site...

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010
    2010 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Prototype: Drive Report

    The main thing to understand about the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid is that it's not an "electric car" as many people use the term. Yes, it plugs in to any electric socket to recharge the 5.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. And, yes, its Hybrid Synergy Drive system uses electric torque...

  • Hertz electric-car rental press event, New York City, September 2010

    Renting a car is one of the most common ways of driving a model you’re not familiar with. Now, as electric cars start to make their way into dealerships, they will be showing up in rental fleets as well. Hertz, the nation’s largest rental brand, announced last week that it would add hundreds of 2011 Nissan Leafs and Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid test vehicles to selected Hertz locations, as well as certain of its Connect by Hertz short-term rental service sites. The company displayed one of each car at a Manhattan press event last week, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of...

  • prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, April 2010
    Prius Plug-In Hybrid Now By June 2012, Cheapest Plug-In In U.S.?

    Amidst a flurry of battery-electric vehicle announcements by automakers all over the globe, Toyota reiterated plans to launch six new hybrid models by 2012. But the company will push back the U.S. launch date for its first plug-in vehicle, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. Toyota had said this...

  • 2011 Coda Sedan prototype - charging socket
    Electric Car Buying Guide

    We've been watching it roll closer for years, and now it's all but here: A new era of electric cars. Just three or four months from now, the first highway-capable electric vehicles sold in volume by global automakers will appear in showrooms in California and other regions. By the end of 2011...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt pre-production prototype, January 2010
    2011 Chevy Volt: No $5K Rebate, HOV-Lane Access For CA Buyers

    Now we know: The first two plug-in cars from major manufacturers will go head-to-head on warranties and lease prices: $350 a month for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, $349 for the 2011 Nissan Leaf. Now the choice shifts to other measures, including electric and overall range, as well as the plug-in perks...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Why Can't Toyota's Plug-In Prius Recharge Its Larger Battery?

    Toyota has come under some fire from electric-vehicle enthusiasts for what some perceive as a grudging, halfhearted approach to building vehicles that plug in. Its first U.S.-market plug-in vehicle--not including a thousand or so RAV4 electric crossovers a decade ago--will be the 2012 Toyota Prius...

  • prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, April 2010
    Prius Plug-In Hybrid: It Won't Compete With the Leaf or Volt

    We've been thinking a lot about the prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid since our test drive of a prototype last month. And about the rest of the plug-in cars that will come to market over the next two years. To our surprise, we decided we don't think buyers will directly compare the Prius...

  • Comedian Adam Carolla complains about electric cars and energy policy on Gizmodo

    As if legitimate news outlets didn't have enough trouble covering electric vehicles sensibly, now we get the comedians weighing in. Late-night talk-show host and stereotypical grumpy guy Adam Carolla recently lit into electric cars, in an interview with Gizmodo's Jason Chen in which he was invited to complain. About anything and everything. His grasp of electric car facts isn't that great, but his exaggerations are funny. In that adorable, irascible, not-very-factually-accurate kind of way. He says, for instance: Electric cars have a range of 44 miles. Well, ummm, no. Try 100 miles or more...

  • Geely Emgrand GT plug-in hybrid concept, 2010 Beijing Motor Show, from Autoblog Green
    Beijing Motor Show: World's Most Outrageous Plug-In Hybrid?

    We go to a lot of auto shows, but we didn't make it to the Beijing Motor Show, which opened a couple of days ago. Which is a shame, because not only is China on track to become the world's largest single car market, but they have some truly outrageous concept cars. Our favorite is the Geely Emgrand...

  • Hyundai BLUE-WILL Hybrid
    Hyundai Plans Prius-Fighter Hybrid Hatchback, Lithium Battery

    The hybrid wars look like they're heating up, with aggressive challenger Hyundai planning a dedicated hybrid that takes direct aim at the iconic Toyota Prius. The company is "studying" a unique hybrid vehicle, one that shares no body panels with an existing model, according to Miles Johnson...

  • prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, April 2010
    Preview: 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

    While the Toyota Prius is the world's most popular hybrid vehicle--with well over 1.5 million sold globally since 1997--it's become almost an accepted part of the automotive landscape. And with plug-in vehicles seen as the next big thing, will the Prius fade away? Not if Toyota has anything to say...

  • prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, April 2010
    2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Drive Report: The Invisible Plug-In?

    One of the nice things about being part of a larger network is access to other sites' content. In this case, we're pleased to be able to point ACE readers toward a drive report of a prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid from our sister site GreenCarReports.com. The 2012 Prius Plug-In will be...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt pre-production prototype, January 2010
    Making EVs is Easy; Making GOOD EVs Is Hard, and Costly

    We're now well and truly on the road to plug-in vehicle nirvana, with the 2011 Nissan Leaf, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and various other plug-in and electric vehicles due to hit the market within the next couple of years. But there now seem to be hundreds of car companies, enthusiastic business...

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