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The New Toyota’s Prius Plug-in is Released

640px-Toyota_-_Prius_Plug-in_HYBRIDMany people, especially green car lovers are wondering how the new Prius Plug-in will compete in the current market. Well, this question will be answered very soon as this vehicle is set to be released on 23rd March. The first showcasing of the car will be at an auto show to be held in New York. Toyota has given very limited information and details concerning the new plug-in hybrid and it seems the automaker intends to maintain the suspense till the actual release date. Toyota gave a brief statement saying limits should be put in the rearview as the reveal is yet to be made.

In the previous decade, Toyota declined to come up with a Prius plug-in hybrid model. The automaker chose to wait until virtually all its standard Prius owners converted. In 2012, it incorporated a battery of 4.4-kilowatt-hours within its hatch area to push its plug-in toward the mid-lifecycle of its third generation. According to the EPA, this model has a good electric range of six miles and a combinational 11 miles for electric and gas. Drivers could achieve additional mileage and Toyota has initially thought the car had the capability of attaining 14 miles electric range, with an assumption of a substantially tame drive.

The hybrid version of the Prius plug-in had a better-combined range of 50 mpg and its small-sized battery saved cost while increasing the space within the cargo area. Advocates of the Prius plug-in claimed that the car delivered virtually all benefits that could be offered by Toyota’s evolved 3rd generation Prius. This was clearly evident in its high sales. Among the plug-in electric car sales, the Prius plug-in was among the three leading vehicles in terms of sales in 2014. The car’s sales were also remarkable in the United States, regardless of the fact that its market was limited.

Some reports indicate that the anticipated plug-in Prius will have an electric range of between 30-35 miles. We will find out whether this figure is accurate as the new car is revealed. At this stage, Toyota may choose to give an approximate value of the car’s EPA number. Underlying this vehicle is Prius’ 4th generation, which happens to be the most fuel-efficient car ever by Toyota. Its handling is also the sportiest. The car has 52 mpg for a majority of its trims, with the Eco trim getting 56 mpg. The new Prius Plug-in is expected to hit a similar target in terms of sustaining charge in the hybrid mode. The two variants will also be set apart by exceptional styling details.

 

 

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Why You Should Invest in Hybrid Cars

Toyota_Prius_(IV)_–_Frontansicht,_19._September_2015,_FrankfurtTesting regimen and air quality concerns imply that many car owners are moving away from gasoline fuel to search for cleaner options. Manufacturers are under a lot of pressure to produce cars with lower carbon dioxide emissions and better efficiency. Although small-sized petrol turbos are still popular, it is evident that the popularity of hybrids is increasing at a fast rate.

Hybrid technology is not an entirely new phenomenon since these vehicles entered the market more than a decade ago. Prius’ 1st generation entered the United Kingdom showrooms in the year 2000 following the arrival of MK4. It is, therefore, fair enough to say that hybrid technology is truly reliable. Although a few manufacturers are yet to catch up, a wide range of green cars is available on the market.

Proven Reliability

Regardless of the fact that hybrid technology has proved to be dependable and worthwhile, several potential purchasers are still skeptical. This is because they believe these cars are costly and their drivetrain is complex. They also hold the assumption that these cars are not reliable. However, Toyota has disputed such claims. The automaker said that the hybrid system increases the durability of the tires, pads and brake discs. Most potential buyers are also concerned about the cars’ battery pack, which they have likened to a ticking time bomb. They assume the battery can easily fail and is expensive to replace. Honda has however disputed these claims and stated that reliability is not a major issue with hybrid cars.

A Toyota spokesman said that there is rarely the need to replace hybrid components under the specified warranty. These components are designed in such a way that they can last the entered car’s life. The spokesman further confirmed that the hybrid technology works and is reliable. There are still MK1 Prius’ that are still working, meaning that the durability of the battery is not an issue.

Even for the second-hand hybrid car market, nothing is there to worry about. Most of these cars have batteries that are still under their respective warranties. The length of these warranties varies from one automaker to another. While the car’s warranty depends on the manufacturer, the hybrid technology warranty can last up to 8 years. It is highly unlikely for one to replace the entire battery pack of a second-hand hybrid. Perhaps what may need replacement are the dead cells within the car, and this would further cut costs. Even after using a hybrid car for 10 years, 80 percent efficiency can still be expected. Hence, you should invest in a hybrid car today.

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