Skip to comments.Toyota to Sell Plug-In Hybrid in 2011
Posted on 12/14/2009 4:41:33 AM PST by Spktyr
Toyota Motor said Monday that it planned a widespread release of its plug-in hybrid car in 2011 as the company scrambled to gain the upper hand in an increasingly crowded battle over next-generation green technology.
Toyota, the worlds largest automaker, dominates the current generation of gas-electric hybrid vehicles, but it has refrained from rushing lower-emission cars like the plug-in hybrid to market. Instead, Toyota has focused on plans to introduce regular hybrid technology to all its models by 2020.
But Toyotas rivals are surging ahead. General Motors plans to build as many as 60,000 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids a year, starting in late 2010.
Other automakers, including Ford and Volkswagen, have announced their own plug-in models, and Nissan plans to mass-produce a fully electric car in 2010. Toyota is now increasing its pace. Several tens of thousands of the plug-in version of its Prius hybrid will go on sale in 2011, the automaker said Monday. A small number of the plug-in models will be available for lease later this month as planned, but those will be limited to government and corporate clients in the United States, Europe and Japan.
Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyotas executive vice president, said in Tokyo that the company was waiting until 2011 to begin sales so it could hear feedback from users during the leasing period. The plug-ins would carry an affordable price tag, he said, without giving an estimate. Prices for a regular Prius hybrid with no plug-in function start at $22,400 in the United States.
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Which then begs the question - who's going to buy the Volt when for about half the price, you can get the same thing from Toyota without UAW screwups or stupidity?
Answer: Nobody but blind GM fanboys, and there's not enough of them to support GM. Stick a fork in GM, they're done.
Who cares what GM does.?
There is a big difference between building a car and selling it.
The Volt isnt going anywhere in it’s current stage.
There’s a bunch of people on FR who go around saying “Wait for the Volt, it will save GM, there will be nothing like it, it will save GM, you’ll see.”
Well, guess what.....
We’re going to have to burn ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF COAL to juice up all of those ELECTRIC cars.
Of course! Remember, liberals think that electricity is clean and green and is magically produced at the wall!
Since we burn carbon based fuels to make most of our electricity, from an engineering standpoint, it would be much more efficient to burn the carbon based fuel in the vehicle.
But what does common sense have to do with anything anymore?
The new mantra of change 20 years down the road. And the band plays on...
Someone needs to remind these people of E=MC2. Some of them actually believe they are saving energy with all of this nonsense.
I’ve got an idea, let’s start building nuke plants again!
(Yeah, I know, that’s just a silly dream.)
“Of course! Remember, liberals think that electricity is clean and green and is magically produced at the wall!”
Yep!...they think that it just magically appears without muss or fuss...Example: I live in the mountains and investment groups are already touting that we need to put up windmills here to save the planet....they don’t like to say that those things are 38 stories tall and sound like somebody swinging a rope over your head...or that the investment groups will make a fast buck at the expense of ruining our beautiful mountain vistas.
Everytime I hear about plug-in cars I keep thinking of this funny thing on Levin’s radio show:
“Plug them in to what? We can’t burn coal, can’t use oil, can’t build nuclear plants! What are we going to do, go around with those little hats with propellers on them?”
A product liability lawsuit in waiting.
So the thing is coal,powered instead of gas powered.
In some instances it is Nuke powered, but it still has to be powered from an external source. Anxious to see how people relate to getting the crap shocked out of them when they plug this thing in on a rainy day.
A while back, I looked at the numbers, and for what you would pay for the Volt, you could buy a Prius right off the lot and enough gas to run it for more than 100,000 miles. And you would have a reliable, well-sorted-out car instead of a troublesome new model.
Eventually adding millions of plugin cars to the grids that are already struggling at peak hour capacity helps us how?
It takes how long to build new electrical plants?
Now you know the reason so many are pushing for nuclear power plants,batteries are for flash lights and dildos.
You know how it goes. Promise you everything and deliver nothing but lies. Wait til you get your first electricity bill on your new non gas car; unless it blows up before then.
You know how concerned our government is with the safety of the people. sarc/
The nice thing about ‘plug in’ cars is they don’t burn any fossil fuel - none - the power from from the wall... /s
Either way, people in liberal college towns and on the coasts seeking to assuage their green guilt will rush into these vehicles. . . further reducing the demand for gas and oil. The result will likely be what always follows a drop in demand for an infrastructure-intensive commodity; a sharp reduction in price as facility owners scramble to keep their share of whatever market remains.
In other words, I expect the price of electricity, natural gas and coal to go up while oil and gasoline fall.
I’m keeping my Suburban.
A recently built McDonald’s in the area has at least one parking space for plug-in cars, complete w/ an outlet.
It also has LED lighting and ‘light tubes’ to capture ambient light.
I suspect there will be those power co. gizmos that will kill power to the garage outlet during peak daytime hours.
The little boxes that shut off your home AC during peak demand.
I love it.
A gasoline and coal powered car, marketed as “green”.
It’s cheaper and more efficient to burn those hydrocarbons in my car?
Will California ban these cars for the effect on the over-burdened power grid?