Toyota Dealer Takes Deposits For Plug-In Prius That Doesn't Exist;…

According to Toyota's Open Road blog, Magnussen’s Toyota in Palo Alto, California was "doing what Toyota encourages its dealers to do:" Take customers' money. The Silicon Valley dealership had apparently been deluged with requests for a plug-in Prius hybrid » 9/04/08 8:30am 9/04/08 8:30am; knowing Toyota was working on such a vehicle, Magnussen's…

Convert Your Prius To A Lead-Acid Plug-In For Just $4,995!

Plug-In Supply Inc. has just introduced a $4,995 Toyota Prius plug-in conversion kit which uses a pack of twenty PbA20-12 lead-acid batteries. Good for 5kWh, the battery pack should last more than 800 charge cycles, or about two years. As you would expect from something with the word "lead" in it, the batteries weigh… » 7/29/08 2:00pm 7/29/08 2:00pm

Toyota Tries To Lower Expectations On Plug-In Hybrids, Mark Fields Asks…

Toyota appears to be starting the expectations-management game for its upcoming plug-in hybrid vehicles after being stung in the past by complaints from Prius owners of lower-than-advertised mileage. Bill Reinert, national manager of Toyota U.S.A's advanced technology group, yesterday told a Brookings… » 6/12/08 9:20am 6/12/08 9:20am