Last post on Aug 08, 2011 at 11:41 AM
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Toyota Prius, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan, SUV
#59 of 68 Increased Traction Battery
May 18, 2010 (7:51 am)
If my traction battery is increased 10-30 times ,two things would happen.
First, I would have zero trunk space,as I have all ready lost 1/3 of it.
Second, those batteries are heavy. I believe increased weight will be unmanageable.
#60 of 68 Re: Increased Traction Battery [pat85]
May 18, 2010 (7:55 pm)
That's my point. Forget about Plug-In-Hybrids until huge improvements in battery technology (Lion) are economical. 10+ years.
#61 of 68 Re: Increased Traction Battery [stevegold]
May 19, 2010 (5:06 am)
Also, Toyota will have to provide those of us who live in high-rise buildings long, very long, extention cords to reach from the car to the apartment.
#62 of 68 Re: Increased Traction Battery [imscf]
May 19, 2010 (5:59 am)
Former CIA Director Jim Woolsey comes to Aspen every July to advocate Plug-In-Hybrids. His Prius was modified, at someone else's expense, with more and different batteries in the trunk and back seat area so that he can drive 40 miles from home to work using little or no gasoline. When he gets to work, he plugs it in to be recharged for the trip home. That is a successful P-I-H application if you ignore the cost of the modification and the lost payload space doesn't matter.
I will be listening for his update this year.
#65 of 68 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
Apr 19, 2011 (10:09 am)
This is very cool:
Everyone's buzzing about Plug-in Cars. So what's Toyota up to? The Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (Prius PHV). Based on the 3rd generation Prius, Prius PHV combines the proven practicality of Hybrid Synergy Drive® with compact, lightweight lithium-ion batteries to extend its fully electric driving range.
What are the advantages of Prius PHV?
The best of both worlds: electric-only driving for a maximum of approximately 13 miles, plus an anticipated 50 MPG-rated hybrid driving that totally eliminates range anxiety.
Full recharging from a standard 110V household electric outlet in only 3 hours.
The proven reliability of Prius HSD (Hybrid Synergy Drive®).
And now for the question on everyone's mind—timing. Prius PHV is expected to launch in 2012. How much? The price hasn't been set. Visit the upcoming vehicles page on toyota.com to receive news and updates on Prius PHV.
#66 of 68 Re: Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid [larsb]
Apr 25, 2011 (7:47 am)
This is exciting, what I've been waiting for... way to go!
#67 of 68 There should be a fed. tax incentive, since it's a plug-in
May 15, 2011 (5:07 pm)
Price is the key. I am trying to wait on buying a new car to see if I can afford this vehicle, if I like it. There are tax incentives, still, on plug-ins, I think. I'm hoping the Tsunami and production slowness doesn't affect quality or timing of when this car comes out in the market.
#68 of 68 Re: Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid [larsb]
Aug 08, 2011 (11:41 am)
Maximum EV cruising rangeApproximately 13 miles
You've GOT to be kidding? Even the EV1 in the late 1990s got 100 miles range and with the new Li ion technology its been predicted that it could at least triple that. What's the problem with the Prius???