Next Toyota Prius to get electric all-wheel drive

Next Toyota Prius to get electric all-wheel drive

November 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Technology , Hatchback , Toyota If rumors are to be believed, big changes are in store for the next Toyota Prius . UK outlet Auto Express recently spoke with a Toyota engineer who leaked details concerning the development of the popular hybrid’s successor. According to that engineer, “The next Prius will redefine the hybrid as we know it.” The forthcoming Prius will be constructed on a new C platform, good for a 70-kilogram (153-pound) reduction in weight. The car’s current 1.8-liter engine will be modified, and the electric motor and power inverter will be downsized. But, according to the Auto Express source, it will deliver more power. It will also be more fuel efficient – which we kind of assumed – however, the source is claiming 90 miles per gallon fuel economy (on the UK cycle, we imagine, so something closer to 75 mpg here). If true, that’s definitely impressive. While the standard Prius will get these drivetrain changes, the plug-in version will remain largely the same. That said, both models will receive an electric motor that drives the rear wheels, as part of an e-4WD system. According to the source, Toyota would be, “targeting snowy areas” and said that the rear wheels will be driven at speeds “up to 37 mph.” Interestingly enough, Toyota will stick with nickel-metal hydride battery for the Prius, with lithium-ion fitted for the plug-in model.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid returns 112 MPGe

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid returns 112 MPGe

September 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show , Hybrid , Hatchback , Toyota At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show , Toyota peeled back the sheets to finally reveal its 2012 Prius Plug-in production model. Toyota describes the plug-in hybrid as the “greenest, most technically advanced Prius yet,” and with an electric-only driving range of 14.3 miles, fuel consumption targeted at 112 miles per gallon equivalent and CO2 emissions listed at 49 grams per kilometer, we’re inclined to agree with the Japanese automaker’s bluster. Unlike currently available Prius hatchbacks, the plug-in version is rechargeable using an electrical connection, rather than only from electricity generated while the vehicle is in motion. Toyota says that after the Prius Plug-in’s 4.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is depleted, the vehicle seamlessly switches to hybrid mode. The Prius Plug-in can be fully recharged in less than 1.5 hours. On the performance front, the plug-in Prius cranks out 134 horsepower, which Toyota says is sufficient to propel the hybrid hatch from nought to 62 miles per hour in a leisurely 10.7 seconds and onward to a top speed of 112 mph. Toyota says sales of the Prius Plug-in will start in early 2012 – mainly in Japan, the U.S and Europe – and anticipates annual volume of 50,000 units. The Japanese automaker has yet to announce pricing for the 2012 plug-in, but some reports claim the automaker is targeting a sub-$30,000 price tag . Hit the jump to read Toyota’s zillion-word release detailing the world’s most technically advanced Prius and be sure to check out our live shots from Frankfurt in the high-res image gallery. Continue reading 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid returns 112 MPGe 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid returns 112 MPGe originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 14 Sep 2011 18:01:00 EST.

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