Toyota Expects to Sell 50,000 Units of Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Prius Plug-in hybridToyota Motor Company is hoping to sell it new Prius Plug-in hybrid targeting 50,000 units each year worldwide.

Toyota’s Prius has been dominating the sales of vehicles when it comes to hybrids. In the U.S., Honda attempted to compete with the Prius with three versions of Civic Hybrids and two versions of Insight Hybrids but never had the success failing miserably when it comes to sales.

Just like the new generations Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt concentrating and putting a big attention on a healthy battery-only driving range, Toyota is planning to give the Prius an additional battery power to compete. Instead of the old NiMH battery pack, the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid makes use of the lithium-ion battery pack. As the result of the replacement, the Prius can travel up to14.3 miles with 53 mph on battery-only power before standard Hybrid Synergy Drive system jumps into action.

Since the new unit of Prius features a charging port, owners can plug their cars in a wall outlet to recharge the batteries. The car maker said that the lithium-ion battery pack can be fully charged only in an hour and a half. And the most important feature is that the Prius Plug-in Hybrid can achieve this using a standard outlet at home and doesn’t require you to buy or use an expensive dedicated charger.

The sales will start early 2012 and the company expects 50,000 sold units each year. No price available yet until they become available.