Toyota has built a rechargeable variant of its popular Toyota Prius, and it's ready to battle against all other EV competitors, especially the Chevrolet Volt EV, which has targeted the Prius line since its inception.
Toyota asserts that the new Prius should have a higher mpg-e than the Chevy Volt (when running almost solely on battery power). As Bob Carter, Group Vice President of Toyota U.S. Sales, states, "It's still an estimate, but we are confident it's going to be 95."1 This would top the Volt's rating of 94 mpg-e by one point. The Environmental Protection Agency will give the Prius an official rating sometime in February, and deliveries of the vehicle will begin in March 2012.
Chevy, on the other hand, asserts that the Prius Plug-In's 15-mile electricity-only range and 50 mpg combined fuel economy are not enough to justify a one-point lead for mostly-battery power- especially since it can go 30 miles on an electric-only charge. (The Volt's combined fuel rating is only at 37 mpg, however). The Plug-In's ratings have improved since original estimates, due to new control programs developed specifically for the vehicle, as well as further testing of its battery pack.
The new Toyota Prius also competes with the Nissan Leaf, and all of these three vehicles are eligible for EV discounts from the U.S. government. The Plug-In Prius will cost about $32k before a $2,500 federal tax credit.
To learn more about the new Prius, including its arrival at Don Ringler Toyota, located at 7777 South General Bruce Drive, stay tuned. Interested in the current Prius models? Stop by and test drive one today!