Prius Plus Lithium-ion Battery Option, Exclusive to Japan

By Posted 14 Mar 2011, 20:29

Toyota is already responsible for the world’s bestselling hybrid vehicle the Toyota Prius. It has sold millions since it was released in 1997 and Toyota has started adding to the Prius range, the next in line is the Prius Plus.

This bigger Prius will be the first in the range to get a Lithium-ion battery pack. Although the motor is to be available worldwide, only the Japanese market will be getting the Lithium-ion batteries. According to an article by Hans Greimel at Automotive News the rest of the word including the US will be getting hydride batteries instead.

These batteries are heavier than the lithium-ion ones and are currently used in the previous Prius vehicles. As some of the Prius Plus cars will feature three row seating the exclusive batteries will allow for more interior space as the Japanese market will most probably benefit most from the this seating also.

The Plus that receives the exclusive treatment will however have an exclusive price also. It will cost around $36,590 whereas the vehicles that will have the regular hydride batteries will be cheaper at $28,660.

More details can be found in the full article at Automotive News by clicking the link above. What do you think of the Prius Plus getting two versions? Which would you prefer? Let us know which one in the comments below.

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