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The Toyota Prius Plug In Hybrid VS. The Chevy Volt – Which Costs Less To Drive?

In answer to the headline, it depends. But given that the PIP will use its ICE if you accelerate at anything faster than a crawl, it will be using gas considerably sooner than the 15 (12 to 14 miles of real world AER) miles indicated in the chart. Which makes the veracity of the rest of the info questionable as well. But, there is no ICE car in the world as efficient as a regular Prius and the PIP isn’t far behind at 49 mpg approx when it is in CS mode. So the Volt goes 35 to 45 miles on 11 kWh of electricity then goes all day at 37 mpg. The PIP goes around 14 miles on 4 kWh of electricity with occasional bursts of power from the ICE then drives all day at 49 mpg. So it is difficult to say one is superior to the other. For me and my usual 20 to 50 mile days, the Volt would be great, but on the one or two days a month that I go more than 100 miles, the PIP would save me som...

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