Toyota Plugs In Prius for Efficiency

Company rolls out plug-in Prius at Torrance operations, noting that in the electric-only mode total miles per gallon will far exceed the estimated 48 MPG enjoyed by the standard Prius.

Published: 11-Nov-2007

TORRANCE - A decade after introducing the world's first mass-produced hybrid car, Toyota unveiled its newest gas-sipper Friday, a plug-in electric/gas model set to be tested on California's roadways.

Although not yet available to the public, the prototype car is built on the automaker's Prius platform and includes additional batteries allowing it to run solely on electrical power for several miles.

"It's the evolution of the hybrid," said Bill Reinert, a Toyota executive. "We still have some things on this vehicle that need to be perfected, but technologies like this are going to be more prevalent in the future."


The Vue Green Line 2-mode Hybrid SUV will be powered by GM's 3.6L V-6 gas engine, with direct injection and variable valve timing, a nickel-metal hydride battery pack and two active cooled permanent magnet motors.

The vehicle utilizes a hybrid power train based on a 1500cc, 3-cylinder turbo charged diesel engine coupled with two high-efficiency permanent-magnet electric motors.

The driver of the Zytek dual-mode diesel hybrid can choose from standard or high regenerative braking and can also select one of three driving styles: Economy, Drive or Sport.


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