• Feb 24th 2011 at 7:59AM
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The Toyota Plug-in Prius won't be hitting dealer showrooms until 2012. Before that happens, Toyota is getting ready to produce an "add-on" for the vehicle, but it's one you don't take with the car. What are we talking about? An in-home charging station.
Priced up to $2,045 (200,000 Yen) if you include installation, two charging stations will be available: one mounted to an exterior wall and one intended to stay inside a garage.

The chargers will reportedly be compatible with other vehicle makes (assuming they use the same plug standards, we'd guess...) and the automaker is expecting to sell between 20,000 and 30,000 in the first year alone. That's a lot of electrification, no?

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      check that yen conversion... i wish it was that cheap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How long and how far would you have to drive in order to recoup the costs versus a new Corolla or Civic?

        I can't wait till all this electric hype dies down. It would make more sense on a grand scale to push for start/stop tech on all new vehicles. Everyone would benefit and save more fuel than a couple of morons paying double what one would pay for a gas car to get an electric version and then paying a couple grand for a charging station.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I would love to charge an electric dodge charger at home.
      Hey is that the new charger..
      Yeah its charging :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        will you be paying cash, or charging it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Currently do the Volt, Leaf, etc all have different plugs? If they ever expect electric cars to do well they have got to make a universal plug.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They have the same plug.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you can plug into house hold 110v why do I need a $2k charging station for 240v? Why can't I just plug it into a 240v outlet, like a clothes dryer?
        • 4 Years Ago
        My guess is this:
        In order to charge a battery from AC, you need a transformer.
        For convenience the cars feature an on-board 110 transformer. That is why you can plug directly into a 110 outlet. To charge from 220, you need a separate transformer.
        Carrying around 2 transformers adds unnecessary weight to the vehicle, so they decided to only carry one. They chose the lighter, smaller, simpler one - the 110.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe Dodge will start selling electric vehicles sometime soon and sell a home charger called the Dodge Charger.
      Or would it be the Dodge Charger charger?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds great......as long as it's the actual owner purchasing the unit and not the taxpayers via more "tax credits".
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you think are the answer wait till you see what it cost to recharge. Wait until you see that the delivery at the power plants can't keep up with the demand Wait untill you see what it will cost to get rid of your old bateries. America will not be ready for a full fleet of electric cars for the best part of 100 yrs. No power grid and people will not have the money to buy such a car . Get use to going shopping on the bus like they do in other 3rd world nations
      • 4 Years Ago
      So much for cars not being appliances...once you have to plug it in, it becomes just like every other appliance in or around your house...
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