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Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

The Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid has long been awaited as a Chevy Volt killer. We'll see. Toyota was the first manufacturer to truly delve into their vehicles, finding ways to improve their design, durability, and desire.

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Over time they became one of the top car manufacturers of all time selling more vehicles than any other with their flagship model, Corolla, leading the way in compact 4 door sedans and fuel efficiency. As the world gravitated towards alternative fuels and back towards electric vehicle technology, Toyota usurped the niche market with the Prius.

The Prius was the first truly successfully marketed and sold consumer hybrid vehicle, combining a gasoline combustion engine with an electric motor to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Now, they are taking the Prius into a new level of efficiency and they are doing it by listening to their consumers.

The 2012 Plug-In Prius model comes to us with a relatively unmodified design that has proven a customer favorite, hence the reason for very minor modifications. The key difference in the 2012 version is the "Plug-In" feature, so that you can easily plug in your Prius from any standard 120 volt electrical socket. Now consumers don't need expensive in home systems or have to drive and park their vehicle at an electrical charging station for hours. They can simply enjoy that luxury from home.

The new 2012 Toyota Plug-In Prius gets an impressive 5 stars for improving the charging time of the battery. It now only takes 1.5 hours at 240 volts and 3 hours and 120 volts - so if you have a spare port near your dryer in the garage, you can be back on your way driving by the time lunch is over. The battery is an improved Lithium Ion that can run on purely electric mode for approximately 13 miles before switching back over to the gasoline combustion engine. Larger batteries are available, but Toyota decided to sacrifice time on the purely electric mode so you can have extra trunk room and lower future replacement costs.

The engine is still a gasoline model, unfortunately. A diesel upgrade would be a nice touch that Toyota should consider adding to improve fuel efficiency and reliability. Another benefit of a diesel engine besides lower maintenance costs are increased MPGs and fewer CO2 emissions. For now, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid comes with engine displacement with a total of 1798 cu in at 1.8 liter 4 cylinders design with a maximum torque of 142 pounds.

In conclusion, many consumers will enjoy the plug-in capabilities of the new Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. Higher MPG's, faster recharging time, decent power will make this vehicle another green car winner among environmentalists, fans and consumers.