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Toyota To Make Plug-in Capability Standard on All 2014 Prius Models

Posted By Laura K. Cowan On May 9, 2011 @ 8:15 am In automotive,Green Transportation,News | No Comments

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According to The Nikkei [2], Toyota [3] plans to make plug-in [4] capabilities standard on all of its fourth-gen Prius hybrid models debuting in 2014. This is even bigger news than it sounds, since Toyota recently renamed a whole host of its new hybrid vehicle range [5] under the Prius label. The Nikkei reports, “Around 2015, Toyota aims to lift global hybrid [6] sales to around 1 million units a year, bringing the total number traveling the world’s roadways to 5 million. Since some 70% are expected to be Prius models, the automaker hopes to use the plug-in versions to tap replacement demand.”

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Optimistic? Maybe, but the third-generation Prius is miles ahead of its competition for the moment, and Toyota’s current hybrid vehicles are already topping 3 million [8] in sales per year. Toyota allegedly plans to use lithium ion [9] batteries and high-performance motors to power the cars, and hopes to keep pricing in line with current models.

+ Toyota [10]

Via Green Car Congress [11]


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[2] The Nikkei: http://e.nikkei.com/e/ac/tnks/Nni20110508D08JFF02.htm

[3] Toyota: http://www.toyota.com

[4] plug-in: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=plug-in

[5] renamed a whole host of its new hybrid vehicle range: http://inhabitat.com/toyota-unveils-new-family-of-prius-vehicles-at-the-detroit-auto-show/

[6] hybrid: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=hybrid

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/toyota-to-make-plug-in-capability-standard-on-all-2014-prius-models/rsz_prius_family/

[8] 3 million: http://inhabitat.com/toyota-hybrid-car-sales-top-3-million-vehicles-worldwide/

[9] lithium ion: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=lithium+ion

[10] + Toyota: http://www.toyota.com/

[11] Green Car Congress: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/05/tmc-20110509.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+greencarcongress%2FTrBK+%28Green+Car+Congress%29

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