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.

Toyota plans to launch the latest plug-in Prius sometime in 2010, but it won't be available on the retail level. Instead, the Japanese automaker plans to continue testing the gas-saver by selling them only to fleet customers. Currently, the 2010 Toyota Prius comes equipped with a tried-and-true nickel metal hydride battery, and Toyota is using these PHEV fleets as test-beds for the newer and more powerful lithium ion units. Thanks for the tip, Danny!

[Source: Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun via PriusChat]

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