Toyota’s Future Hybrids to be Lighter, Sportier, More Engaging to Drive
Stick with us here, as this one requires a bit of explaining.
At the 2013 World Hybrid Tour last week in Michigan, Toyota made a few Prius-related statements.
One of those statements was covered by us last week. It went down like this:
“We have been listening very carefully to Prius PHV owners and are considering their requests for additional all-electric range. We have also heard from owners that they would like a more convenient charging operation. In response, we are developing a new wireless/inductive charging system that produces resonance between an on-floor coil and an onboard coil to transmit power to the battery, providing charging without the fuss of a cable.”
Those were the words of Toyota’s hybrid guru, Satoshi Ogiso.
Toyota execs added more to the mix though by saying that the next-gen Prius will be lighter, sportier, offer better overall driving experience, be more engaging and sip 10% less fuel than today’s model.
While none of those statements were applied directly to the Prius Plug-In, this was:
“Ogiso also said the next-generation Prius Plug-in (PHV) is being developed in parallel with the standard Prius model.”
By extension, that statement tells us that the next-gen plug-in Prius will also be lighter, sportier, offer better overall driving experience, be more engaging and sip 10% less fuel than today’s model.
And it’ll come with wireless charging.
And more electric-only range.
What else could you ask for?
A reduced price tag? Let’s hope that’s the case.