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With calendar year 2017 half way over, U.S. plug-in electrified sales are at an all time high. From January through June, sales for most models are up, and a couple new models to the top-five roster have helped with the total. As of the end of June, the U.S. has purchased 87,307 plug-in electrified vehicles […]

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Panasonic is ready to take the lead offering solar panels embedded into mass-produced electric car roofs. The Japanese electronics giant started this move in February partnering with Toyota by adding its 180-watt array of solar cells into the roof of new Prius Prime plug-in hybrids. Battery range is increased through this passive technology that Prius […]

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The Chevy Volt is America’s best-selling plug-in gas-electric car but as sales this year of Toyota’s new Prius Prime are improving, which would make better sense for you? If that most-telling measure – consumer purchases – is any indicator, the Volt is still ahead in the U.S. plug-in hybrid popularity contest, but not by much. […]

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The hybrid Toyota Prius is famous for saving fuel and the extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt is touted in that department as well, but which is a better tool for the job? Obviously there are many considerations that go into buying a car, but since saving fuel is a prime reason for these models’ existence, can […]

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The all-electric range provided by a plug-in hybrid is the biggest reason to buy one, but that did not stop Kelley Blue Book from naming a 25-mile range Toyota over a 53-mile range Chevrolet. For the 2017 list of “5 Best Plug-in Hybrid Cars Under $40,000,” Toyota’s Prius Prime took top honors over the runner […]

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Toyota Motor Corp. has shed more light on its battery electric vehicle strategy: a small in-house unit is being established. Toyota has been lately acknowledging it won’t exclusively choose hydrogen and hybrid vehicles over PEVs. This time, the corporate office in Japan said it’s forming a streamlined “in-house venture company” next month to start developing […]

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Toyota Motor Corp. is slowly opening up to adding all-electric vehicles to its product lineup to meet regulatory compliance, according to a company executive. While the Japanese automaker in not manufacturing any battery-electric cars at this time, Toyota realizes it must be flexible enough to introduce electric cars in markets with regulatory mandates or where […]

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The first Toyota Prius Prime shipment has arrived in the U.S. en route to dealers as part of a nationwide “soft launch” rollout, and the all-new plug-in hybrid is more competitive than the model it replaces. Toyota’s 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in Hybrid caught heat from plug-in advocates for its diminutive 4.4-kWh battery, 11 miles EPA-rated “Elec […]

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Toyota has found a pathway to adopt lithium-ion battery technology and join the plug-in electrified vehicle race. Toyota said that its soon-to-be-launched Prius Prime plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will use lithium-ion batteries with enough energy to transport the car about 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) on battery alone before the gasoline engine takes over. The Prius […]

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Next month Toyota’s 2017 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid will go on sale in dealers as the premier product within the Prius line. Based on the Prius Liftback with 1.8-liter engine and Toyota’s “Hybrid Synergy Drive” along with 8.8-kWh battery and limited-range all-electric drive capability, the car is the follow-up improvement to the 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in […]

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