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.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!
No. But now you know at what point the driver turns on the heat."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?
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.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.
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???
Well, it appears that press release was BEFORE the EPA testing was done.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.