Toyota to Launch Three 2012 Plug-in Cars

Not a company to rest on its battery powered laurels, Toyota is readying a comparative plethora of plug-in vehicles for 2012 in the form of the Prius PHEV, RAV4 EV and Scion iQ EV.

As many who follow advanced-tech automotive development are aware, Toyota will soon launch the plug-in version of its best-selling Prius, which is already making the rounds in the show circuit.

The Prius PHEV will offer only 12 miles all-electric range, so it won’t usurp the Chevy Volt in that category. However, the plug-in Prius’ price will be only a little more than a conventional Prius making it more of a mainstream offering.

Once the battery power runs out, the car reverts back to operating as a conventional hybrid, so like the Volt, there will be no fears of “range anxiety.”

Speaking of which, unless it is used correctly, Toyota’s full-electric Scion iQ could cause range anxiety as it will offer an estimated 50-65 miles travel before its lithium ion battery is discharged. By comparison, the Nissan LEAF gets somewhere between 80 to over 100 miles per charge. The Scion’s gasoline powered counterpart is also due later this year.

On the plus side, center of gravity for the Scion EV is said to be actually improved due to the under-floor battery pack. Another bonus is its batteries will not interfere with the Scion iQ’s 3+1 passenger layout.

A third Toyota utilizing battery power will be the RAV4 EV. This vehicle was co-developed with Tesla and was first shown at last year’s LA Auto Show.

Performance is reportedly decent, consisting of 100-mile range and acceleration equal to the gasoline-powered RAV4, despite a weight penalty of 220 pounds. Like the Scion iQ, the RAV4 EV does not let its batteries impede interior space and will retain its full 74 cubic feet of cargo room.

We do not have exact launch dates or pricing information on these vehicles as of yet.

Source: AutoGuide


  • James Davis

    You think the Brits has a butt-ugly car, that Scion iQ looks like an angry woman’s face who just caught her old man cheating on her. That Rav4 looks okay, probably because it has a little Telsa design in it.

  • Dick Goesinya

    More Hybrid Junk…….I’ll keep my 2008 Pruis with 65000 miles.

  • AVC custom

    You think the Brits has a butt-ugly car, that Scion iQ looks like an angry woman’s face who just caught her old man cheating on her.

  • John K.

    Ford Focus EV this fall, Prius PHV next spring. IMO, those are the ones that will have the greatest impact. After those, more and more cars will be switching to hybrids, PHVs, and EVs. This is when we slooooowly start weaning ourselves off of OPEC crude. CNG vehicles coming over the next 2-5 years (incl CNG hybrids and PHVs), will give things a boost.

    All in all, the future is looking brighter w/every new release.

  • Green Bat

    The Scion iQ electric city car looks a lot like a SMART car. WHY?

  • ukcobb

    Toyota is one of the most famous manufacturer of electric cars. The latest news about Scion iQ that going launch in the U.S. According to maker of that car the car can run 50 miles on a single charge. Price of the car will determine on it’s efficiency and performance.

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  • tapra1

    The Scion’s gasoline powered counterpart is also due later this year. Top Business Hosting