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That lawsuit will not progress. The best action that the customer should have done is return the Prius and get all of his money back. Then visit a GM dealer and buy a Volt. If he wanted a little more range in a better vehicle, and get five adult seats, too, then he must visit a Ford dealer and buy a Fusion or C-Max Energy.

Buyers are supposed to read the fine print in the EPA sticker, and see that the PiP will only drive six EV miles and under favorable conditions. It isn't an EV; it is a plain hybrid that has a bigger battery that can be charge externally. All the "hoopla" about the EPA 11-mile range is in blended mode where the gas engine is powered in parallel. If the Volt had a blended mode, its range will be over 450 miles!
 

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So obviously this suit has nothing to do with the fact that the PiP's resale value is going to tank soon.

As the EPA stickers makes clear, the electric range is blended. The PiP's a better Prius, but it's an HEV+P rather than a PEV+H and Toyota has, to my knowledge, never advertised it as having full electric performance.

But, since the US tort system is so stupid, there'll probably be some kind of settlement.
 

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"The suit also suggests that the Prius Plug-In Hybrid will not operate in electric-only mode at all in temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit."

Is this actually true?
 

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That lawsuit will not progress. The best action that the customer should have done is return the Prius and get all of his money back. Then visit a GM dealer and buy a Volt. If he wanted a little more range in a better vehicle, and get five adult seats, too, then he must visit a Ford dealer and buy a Fusion or C-Max Energy.

Buyers are supposed to read the fine print in the EPA sticker, and see that the PiP will only drive six EV miles and under favorable conditions. It isn't an EV; it is a plain hybrid that has a bigger battery that can be charge externally. All the "hoopla" about the EPA 11-mile range is in blended mode where the gas engine is powered in parallel. If the Volt had a blended mode, its range will be over 450 miles!
The Volt's blended mode would not be 450 miles. Under your (wrong) definition the PiP's blended mode range would have been 540 miles. (10.6 gallons * 50 mpg + 10 mile EV in blended mode.) If the Volt had a blended mode, based on maximizing relative efficiency, with an assumption of a long trip (which I wish it had) following the test cycles, it'd probably be more like 100 miles, as it'd be driving the low-speed portions in EV, and the highway portions on gas.
 

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"The suit also suggests that the Prius Plug-In Hybrid will not operate in electric-only mode at all in temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit."

Is this actually true?
No. But now you know at what point the driver turns on the heat. :p

Now being serious, if the driver turns on defogging, which they're liable to need in a humid climate as the temperature falls, the ICE kicks in. So that would probably be why they're saying 55*. (Incidentally, it's the need to take in outside air for defogging that makes our 2013 Volt's heating so terrible in winter at highway speeds. There's a noticeable temperature drop when you have defog on).
 

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To me, there is a valid point in the lawsuit. Under 55 degrees, the engine will always run in the Prius if heat is desired. So basically you get no electric range. It seems valid to note such a great deviation from the sticker. With the Volt, it's much colder when the engine needs to run (as cold as 15 degrees) but even then it cycles; with the Prius, it is always on.
 

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Isn't it rated for 11 miles, not 13?

And even that 11 miles isn't all electric. 0.022 gallons (0.2 gallons/100 miles*11 miles) is included in the EPA rating.

https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=34516

Edit: Wait... the article actually references the 11 mile EPA rating. So is the author confused, or is the owner confused, or did Toyota actually advertise a range higher than the EPA rating???
 

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Isn't it rated for 11 miles, not 13?

And even that 11 miles isn't all electric. 0.022 gallons (0.2 gallons/100 miles*11 miles) is included in the EPA rating.

https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=34516

Edit: Wait... the article actually references the 11 mile EPA rating. So is the author confused, or is the owner confused, or did Toyota actually advertise a range higher than the EPA rating???
According to an official Toyota press release, the 2012 PiP (the version the person suing owns) is advertised as having an EV range of 15 miles.

http://toyotanews.pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota+introduces+2012+prius+plug-in+hybrid.htm

Hmmm
 

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According to an official Toyota press release, the 2012 PiP (the version the person suing owns) is advertised as having an EV range of 15 miles.

http://toyotanews.pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota+introduces+2012+prius+plug-in+hybrid.htm

Hmmm
Well, it appears that press release was BEFORE the EPA testing was done.

"The 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid [...] is expected to achieve a manufacturer-estimated 87 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in combined driving and 49 MPG in hybrid mode."

So I wouldn't think this would have much bearing on the case.
 
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