Is it just Fletcher Jones Toyota, or are you also starting to see more hybrid vehicles and EVs (electronic vehicles) on U.S. roads? What once was assumed to be a fad is certainly looking like a trend that is here to stay. And, with the price of gasoline at a steady high, we bet the trend will only continue to grow. The movement that began with the hybrid model Toyota Prius in 2000 has become a telling statement about today's environmental concerns.
With the 2012 model year comes the newest edition to the Toyota Prius family- the Toyota Prius Plug-In. This newest Prius can travel 15 miles on electricity alone and is very similar to Chevy's Volt as far as plug-in hybrid technology is concerned. Because of this, a distinct rivalry has formed between the two brands- each boasting that its hybrid plug-in is more efficient than the other.
The most recent statement from Toyota surrounding the issue comes from Bob Carter, Group Vice President of Toyota U.S. Sales. He argues that the new Prius will get a better mpg-e rating when drivers rely mainly on battery power. Specifically, he states, "It's still an estimate, but we are confident it's going to be 95."1 This would beat the Volt's competing mpg-e rating of 94 by one point. However, the new hybrid plug-in has yet to receive its official ratings. That should happen sometime in February, with the vehicles arriving sometime in March at Fletcher Jones Toyota Scion, located at 3255 E Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, and other dealerships nationwide.
The new Prius Plug-In has received several upgrades since its initial debut as a concept car, including an improved battery pack and additional control programs. Be sure to stop by and check it out when it arrives next month!