Toyota Motor are planning to start selling plug-in hybrid cars at affordable prices somewhere during 2011. This will give Toyota an edge over General Motors and Nissan Motor, at least if they manage to fulfill their plans. If they do, they can easily become the leaders in the rechargeable cars market.
The Prius Plug-In Hybrid will be the company’s first plug-in model, and it will give the Prius an external charging function, as well as more batteries, to accomodate for longer-distance driving without using gasoline.
One of the most negative aspects of battery-powered pure electric cars is the “range anxiety”, which makes drivers uncomfortable due to the imminent depletion of the battery’s power. Plug-in hybrids are a better solution to this problem, as they can run on gasoline as well.
The Prius PHV can cover up to about 15 miles on electric power alone. With a full gas tank and a full electric charge, the theoretic maximum distance is about 870 miles.
Toyota are confident that these cars will bring radical changes in the transportation system as a whole.
[ Via CNET ]