09 May '11, 4pm

Toyota to make all Prius hybrids plug-in by 2014 #EV

This is how the century-long dominance of gas-powered vehicles ends: not with a bang, but with a widget. By 2014, the world's best-selling hybrid vehicle will have plug-in capability, standard , which means every trip up to 14 miles will be all-electric, all the time. This move to plug-in-standard vehicles is a harbinger of a future in which the automotive fleet doesn't switch over to electric all at once, but piecemeal, as manufacturers learn to harness new tech and economies of scale, and batteries drop in price as a result. Important to this transition is Toyota's switch to the more energy-dense type of batteries that are already used in laptops, cell phones, and other mobile devices: lithium-ion. Until we get some kind of crazy zinc-air battery or something like that, Li-ion is the chemistry that will take us into a gasoline-free future. Maybe Deutsche Bank is right, a...

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All Prius Models Will Be 'Plug-In' Starting in 2014

All Prius Models Will Be 'Plug-In' Starting in ...

treehugger.com 09 May '11, 7pm

Prius hybrid models debuting in 2014 will come with plug-in capabilities as a standard feature. Around 2015, Toyota aims t...

Ditch the car and get a bike, a transit farecard, and a smartphone:

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grist.org 11 May '11, 12am

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Toyota Explores Wireless Car Charging

Toyota Explores Wireless Car Charging

earth911.com 02 May '11, 5pm

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Toyota Prius Hacked Into Energy-Generating Roller Coaster (Video)

Toyota Prius Hacked Into Energy-Generating Roll...

treehugger.com 05 May '11, 3pm

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Hot Car for Summer: Used Toyota Prius

Hot Car for Summer: Used Toyota Prius

hybridcars.com 02 May '11, 9pm

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Toyota Launches Prius Alpha 7-Seater in Japan : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Toyota Launches Prius Alpha 7-Seater in Japan :...

treehugger.com 17 May '11, 4pm

Toyota had a monthly target of 3,000 Prius Alpha per month, but orders have already reached 25,000, showing how much pent ...