The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

March 6, 2014

The 2014 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid is similar to the previous year’s version, with the exception of a price cut. This means that the 2014 version is much cheaper compared to the previous year’s versions of plug-in hybrid by Toyota. Both the “Advanced” and “Base” variants of the 2014 Prius plug-in have significantly decreased. The base plug-in hybrid electric car has a starting price of $29,995, exclusive of handling and destination fees. This cost is less by $2,010, which computes to 6.3 percent less compared to the previous plug-in which cost $32,000.

The advanced plug-in hybrid now sells at $34,905. It has been reduced by $4,620, which computes to a 11.7 percent reduction. Despite the persistent talks on introducing a new plug-in car in 2012, the Toyota Prius plug-in vehicle is available in only fifteen states. The fans of Prius are anticipating a potential car upgrade. The upgrade will include an increase in the electric car range. It will also provide for a more sporty appearance, as well as wireless charging. Having been in on the ground floor of the hybrid market, Toyota is highly credible. In terms of sales, the Toyota plug-in hybrid electric vehicle was ranked fourth last year in the category of plug-in cars, including plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars.

With respect to the powertrain, Toyota plug-in hybrid has a 98 horsepower base engine. The engine holds a maximum volume of 1.8 liters and is associated with double electric motor. One of the motors is 80 horsepower, and plays the role of powering the transaxle. The second motor is much smaller in size and functions as a source of electric power to regenerate the battery. Additionally, it functions in starting the engine. The entire system has a combined output of 134 horsepower. This is similar to the Liftback model.

One of the key features that distinguishes the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle from the normal Toyota Prius is a lithium-ion battery that is 4.4 kwh. This is different from a regular Prius that has a nickel-metal hydride pack that is 1.3 kwh. It takes about three hours to charge a depleted battery through 120 volts charging. It is possible to cut the time by half through the use of a charger of 240 volts. It is also essential to acknowledge the fact that the Toyota plug-in hybrid electric vehicle has three modes that can be selected by the driver. These are Eco, Sport, and EV.

 

 

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