Toyota Motor Co., on Tuesday announced that began taking orders in Japan for the upcoming “Prius PHV” (plug-in hybrid) vehicle. Toyota will launch the vehicle in Japan on January 30, 2012.
The suggested retail price would be between 3.2 million yen and 4.2 million yen (from $41,000).
Unveiling the production-ready car ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show this week, the Japanese automaker plans to sell 35,000 to 40,000 units per year.
The plug-in hybrid vehicle will be sold from next spring in the United States with a starting price of $32,000 and from summer in Europe, at 37,000 euros in Germany. Prices will vary across markets, Toyota said.
“The plug-in is the premier next-generation ecological car that will follow the hybrid,” said Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada, the Toyota Motor Corp. engineer known as the “father of the Prius.”
With its new high-capacity lithium-ion battery fully charged, the Prius PHV’s EV-mode cruising range is 26.4 km, and PHV fuel efficiency is 61.0 km/L, calculated from combined EV and HV driving modes. The vehicle’s electric power consumption rate is 8.74 km/kWh*1. Toyota is promising 87 mpg for the U.S. Prius Plug-in, which will be delivered starting in March.
The Prius PHV features the Toyota Hybrid System II (1.8-liter gasoline engine, electric motor and reduction gear) coupled with a high capacity, new 4.4 kWh lithium-ion battery to significantly improve EV driving performance. The vehicle is also equipped with a high-efficiency on-board charger capable of charging to full in approximately 90 minutes at AC 200 V (180 minutes at AC 100 V).
For safe and efficient charging, the Japanese automaker will start sales of charging outlets, wall-mounted chargers and pole-type chargers for home use in January 2012.