By present standards, this electric range would rank it second among plug-in hybrids by that vital metric and it would build on the new Prius platform.
This could therefore be a very significant car to plug-in enthusiasts as that much range also would mean it’s more capable of using like a part time all-electric car for longer daily pouring trips.
Whether this comes to pass remains to be verified officially by Toyota. The source is “an executive in the auto diligence who’s deeply familiar with the current and
Green Car Reports also clarifies it is normally reluctant to publish just any anonymous source, but says without revealing who it is that this one is trusted.
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That the plug-in Prius could have as much as 30 miles range also fits a more-questionably sourced rumor by a Taiwanese automotive webite which said the new Prius plug-in would double its effective range. That article did not even hint who its source was leading journalists to stand back even while reporting it for what it was worth, along with full color images in place of the new Prius.
Now with at least
Since its launch in 2012, the first generation PHEV has met with diverse reception due to an 11-mile EPA-rated range, most speed in EV mode of just 62 mph, and potential for the gas to kick on if the accelerator if pressed too hard.
In small, its utility as a plug-in hybrid was dead last in the eyes of plug-in enthusiasts. As of June, it had globally sold over 71,000 copies, technically one of the top sellers, but compared to sales volume of mass market cars, it’s a slow mover.
Cynics have opined what
Toyota has also caught criticism due to its retracting from plug-in vehicles in a superior measure, and shifting its focus to hydrogen fuel cells.
But a “30-35” mile range Prius plug-in could change all that. Basically, if it was one of the world’s best selling PHEVs despite its being weakest in the EV range, imgine what an evolved second generation might do if its range is now very competitive.
Of course new plug-in hybrids are
Within its price for performance class but, a “30-35″ mile range PiP still appears like it could be a strong contender.
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