Is it just us, or does it seem like hybrid and electric vehicles are taking over U.S. roads and highways? What perhaps was possibly first thought to be a fad, looks, in fact, like it is here to stay. If the price of gasoline continues on the trend it is on, we can only assume hybrid sales will continue to rise. The movement that began with the hybrid model Toyota Prius in 2000 has become a telling statement about today's environmental concerns.
With the 2012 model year comes the newest edition to the growing Toyota Prius family- the Toyota Prius Plug-In. This newest Prius can travel 15 miles on electricity alone and as far as technology is concerned closely resembles the Chevy Volt. Because of this, a distinct rivalry has formed between the two brands- each boasting that its hybrid plug-in is more efficient than the other.
The most recent statement from Toyota surrounding the issue comes from Bob Carter, Group Vice President of Toyota U.S. Sales. He argues that the new Prius will get a better mpg-e rating when drivers rely mainly on battery power. Specifically, he states, "It's still an estimate, but we are confident it's going to be 95."1 This would beat the Volt's competing mpg-e rating of 94 by one point. However, the new hybrid plug-in has not yet received its official ratings That should happen sometime in this month, with the vehicles arriving sometime in March at Passport Toyota, located at 5050 Auth Way, and other dealerships nationwide.
The new Prius Plug-In has received several upgrades since its initial debut as a concept car, including an improved battery pack and additional control programs. Be sure to stop by and check it out when it arrives next month!