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The other day we noted that are comparing sales between the Prius V vs Chevy Volt, and the Volt is coming up short though there are a ream of between the Prius V and the Volt. The that s most similar to the is the Toyota Prius Plug-in, but car has yet to go on sale meaning we don t know how it fare in the public versus the

Both cars are plug-in vehicles made by major manufacturers. A plug-in hybrid car is one there is both a gasoline and electric motor on-board, and you can plug-in to recharge the battery separately from the gasoline Plug-in hybrids also a larger battery pack on regular (non-plug-in) hybrids, and the pack makes for a longer of electric-only driving.

For those of us who to ease gasoline out of our lives, in the car to recharge the battery pack is the way to go.

we can now go with pure electric from Nissan, Mitsubishi and Ford, having a gasoline on-board, acting as a generator, is a solution to the range consideration due to the 100 or so range of pure electric In around-town driving the plug-in owner will plug in, the battery pack, and drive on power until the pack is at which time, the car fires up the engine to recharge the battery and if done well the switch-over is The plug-in hybrid concept is and is fairly obvious to any electric car who wants more range and is to burn fuel to get that The first plug-in hybrid was by Dr.

Ferdinand Porsche over 100 ago, it had four hub motors embedded in the wheels), used the engine purely to recharge the pack, and set speed records in its

With that background let’s now turn to a couple cars, the 2012 Toyota Plug-in and 2012 Chevy

The Chevy Volt has a 15 kilowatt-hour pack that gives a mile electric-only driving depending on conditions (the EPA is 36 miles electric-only range). The 149 electric motor can power the at up to 100 miles/hr. The 1.4 liter 83 horsepower engine acts primarily as a but the transmission is configured so the engine in at high speed to help the car.

The gasoline engine premium fuel, and with the 9.3 gas tank you have a 325 mile range in gasoline mode, and a miles/gallon fuel efficiency. The cruising range is 407 miles and in mode the Volt gets miles/gallon (equivalent) fuel

The Prius Plug-in has a 4.4 kilowatt-hour pack that gives miles electric-only driving The 80 horsepower electric motor is at speeds below 62 miles/hr, and at speeds both work The 1.8 liter 98 horsepower gasoline acts as both electric and drive motor, with a allowing a blending of both plants to drive the wheels, a net system 134 horsepower. With a gallon gasoline tank, in mode the Prius Plug-in is for 49 miles/gallon, and a combined electric-hybrid 87 (equivalent) fuel efficiency.

The Plug-in has not been EPA certified, so numbers are based on Toyota’s

The more powerful drive on the Chevy Volt (149 electric) is a clear advantage that in the Prius Plugin gas, 40hp electric, 134 hp

Repeated studies in the U.S. US Department of Transportation shows the of drivers go 40 miles or less per This tells us a Chevy owner will spend days without burning than will the Prius owner. GM knew these and designed the Chevy Volt to enough electric-only range to the majority of daily driving

Toyota on the other hand to hit a more affordable price to reach more car buyers of whom are price sensitive. means the Prius Plug-in has a battery pack, and a smaller but has only a 12-15 mile range. This means the Plug-in owner will be their gasoline engine on more often than the Chevy Volt owner.

the Volt or the Prius Plug-in has the here depends on your of view. If your interest is the miles/gallon at the best price, and you care much about range, then the Prius has the advantage. If your interest is electric-only range with the gas to cover longer trips, and able to swing the extra then the Volt has the advantage.

The Volt battery pack is a that creates a central going down the passenger The battery tunnel is tall that the back seat can hold two people, meaning the can hold four people The Prius family all will five people like other sedans.

In this the Prius Plug-in and most sedans have an advantage the Volt, because they can an additional person.

The Prius has a 21.6 cubic foot area, while the Chevy has a 10.6 cubic foot area. Both use a liftback giving good access to the area, however clearly the has the advantage in cargo volume.

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Because the Prius Plug-in pack is so much smaller the Chevy Volt, charging is very fast. For the Prius, time is 1 1/2 hrs at a charging station, or hours on a 120 volt outlet. The on the other hand, takes 10 to charge on a 120 volt circuit, or hours at a charging station.

The battery pack gives a electric range, but also longer to recharge. Clearly the charging time of the Prius is an but it’s also a trade-off for a electric range which may be a depending on your needs.


The Plug-in, as part of the Prius has over 10 years of history and awareness. This should it an advantage over the Chevy when it goes on sale, the public is already looking to the line for high fuel GM, on the other hand, has a task of it to educate the public what the is, what the advantage of a plug-in is over a regular hybrid, and the advantage of a longer electric-only over a short electric-only

The two largest differences between the Plug-in and the Chevy Volt is the and the electric-only range. The Volt you a longer electric range, at a price. That bigger pack is the key to both these

The price premium paid for a Volt over the Prius may be worth it to you, depending on interests and situation, but if you don’t the advantages of each will you why you should pay the higher price for the Suppose your daily is 33 miles round trip. the Prius Plug-in you’ll some of your miles day using the gasoline engine, if you have a charging station at office.

Contrarily, the Volt do that on electric drive, if you do not have a charging station at the The Volt owner will end up a lot of money because electricity is a fuel than gasoline. If GM convey the tradeoffs between utility and cost, GM may end up losing to Pruis Plug-in.

The Chevy has been on sale for well a year, and is now available nationwide, and its is $39,500. The Prius Plug-in on sale in March, and initially be available in a limited number of and its MSRP is $32,000. As we just whether the Prius or the Volt has the advantage depends on your and needs.

However, the Chevy Volt for government incentives that do not to the Prius Plug-in, and the $7500 tax erases the price difference.

of these cars wins the other? It depends. The Prius has clear advantages in brand and price, except the $7500 tax for the Volt makes up for the price The Chevy Volt has a clear in electric range, and with the powerful drivetrain.

That electric range could up for the price premium depending on how gasoline you end up burning with the

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