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The new Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid will gain additional electric driving range with a rooftop solar panel that helps recharge the battery. Stretching nearly the entire length of the roof, the solar cells can charge the lithium-ion battery pack when the car is parked, and can boost efficiency by as much as 10 percent, though […]

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Have you ever given thought to buying an electrified vehicle but realized what you wanted in terms of body style or features simply did not exist? We can’t tell you how many times we’ve spoken with people who – not knowing how limited the green car market is – have said they’d buy an electrified […]

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Facing mandates to reduce carbon emissions, Toyota’s chief engineer for the Prius line said this week that more battery power will be required. The hint therefore is at least more plug-in hybrids, and potentially battery electric vehicles are in the offing. No timeline was set, but to those who have seen Toyota as anti-EV, it […]

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In its proprietary fuel economy testing, Consumer Reports says the 2016 Toyota Prius gets 52 mpg overall, matching the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 52 mpg combined, but this number is arrived at completely differently. The 2016 Prius is fully redesigned with improved engine, transmission, aerodynamics, and more – all meant to make it more fuel […]

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Toyota is aiming to win back a leading green carmaker image gained initially through its Prius sub-brand, whose popularity has waned in recent years as Tesla has taken the mantle. As outlined in an interview with Forbes, Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America observed that the Prius was once recognized for bringing hybrid electric […]

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The HybridCars.com monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall passenger vehicle sales for April were up from a year ago although down modestly from March. For April and for year-to-date, hybrids were down […]

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The 2017 Prius Prime was revealed at the New York Auto Show recently and one of its major new features is the ability to use both of its electric motors together when accelerating with the gas engine off. Several other plug-in hybrid models announced during the past year also have this kind of “dual motor” […]

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When released in the fourth quarter of this year, Hyundai anticipates its most-efficient version of the Ioniq Hybrid will net as much as 57 or 58 mpg combined on the U.S. EPA cycle. Assuming federal certification bears out Hyundai’s internal testing, its purported “Prius fighter” – as media have portrayed it – will be aptly […]

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After a hiatus from production ceased last June, the Prius plug-in hybrid is back with a new name, double-sized 8.8-kwh battery and estimated 22 miles EV range. Revealed today in New York, the Prius Prime is the second plug-in car to receive a comprehensive redesign and builds on the fourth-generation Prius hybrid’s platform. Now with […]

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Do you find the 2016 Toyota Prius attractive? When you look at it do you see a beautiful car, or does it look just OK, or are you one of the people who’ve found serious fault in the hybrid’s new design? Since photos began appearing last fall of the fourth-generation 2016 Prius Liftback, it has […]

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