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Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above to watch video after the jump

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2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2010 Plug-in Prius Prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Toyota Prius PHEV - click above for high-res image gallery

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Toyota Prius PHEV - click above for high-res image gallery

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Toyota Prius PHEV - click above for high-res image gallery

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When Consumer Reports tested out the Hymotion L5 plug-in Toyota Prius conversion earlier this year, they weren't overwhelmed with the results. Sure, the mileage they observed was boosted to about 67 mpg over the first 35 miles of the drive, but that didn't match the claims of 100 mpg (or more) that Hymotion and A123 Systems make about their product.

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When Consumer Reports tested out the Hymotion L5 plug-in Toyota Prius conversion earlier this year, they weren't overwhelmed with the results. Sure, the mileage they observed was boosted to about 67 mpg over the first 35 miles of the drive, but that didn't match the claims of 100 mpg (or more) that Hymotion and A123 Systems make about their product.

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According to the Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun in Japan, Toyota's upcoming plug-in Prius will have a range of a little over 12 miles (20 kilometers) on electric power only. That's significantly less than the EV range that's planned for PHEV competitors like the Chevy Volt, but it also means the PHEV Prius should cost considerably less than vehicles with larger battery capacities.

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Earlier this summer Toyota announced plans to start testing some plug-in versions of the Prius in Japan. That announcement was quickly followed by two of the PHEV Priuses coming to California and now the program is hopping another ocean. Following up on the rumors circulating over the weekend, European energy company EDF has struck a deal with Toyota to test some of the plug-in hybrids in France.

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As I mentioned earlier today, the FREEDOM Act language regarding tax incentives for Americans looking to convert their hybrids to plug-in versions was stripped out of the energy bill that ended up passing in the U.S. Senate. Toyota made their claim for why PHEVs are a bad idea, and in my inbox today was the newsletter from the EDTA, and it included this bit from EDTA President Brian Wynne regarding the reason that part of the bill was removed:

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