Toyota Prius Hybrid Minivan to Debut in 2011
Toyota Prius Hybrid Minivan to feature Prius hybrid technology with a more roomy interior
In the face of a challenging year, Toyota has announced a positive move forward with the proposed introduction in 2011 of a Prius hybrid minivan. Like the Prius hatchback, the Prius hybrid minivan will feature the hybrid technology that has made the Prius the leading choice for energy-conscious drivers.
The Prius hybrid minivan will feature a roomy interior and three rows of seating to accommodate five to seven passengers. To improve on its already excellent fuel economy, the Prius hybrid minivan will include a Toyota-manufactured lithium ion battery. Once the Prius hybrid minivan is launched, however, the batteries will be produced by Toyota joint venture partner Panasonic EV Energy Co. The lithium-ion batteries generate more electricity than the currently common nickel metal hydride variety. More electricity means that the vehicle can travel farther on a single charge making the Prius hybrid minivan more convenient and energy efficient to run.
Hoping to reinforce and expand its dominance in the hybrid vehicle market, Toyota plans to offer the Prius hybrid minivan around the same price point as current models, news that I'm sure will be welcomed by families, the primary market for minivans.