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We know those car manufacturers are fast and footloose with MPG figures, but we had to take notice when we got word that the next Toyota Prius will be capable of 113 miles per gallon (in the UK, which is equal to 94mpg in North America). That's more than double the mileage the best hybrid vehicles get now. The Prius's redesigned electrical system will depend even more on the electric motor, using it by itself at slower speeds but kicking in the internal combustion engine when higher speeds are needed. Even with this higher mileage, the car's 0-to-60 time will be faster, reportedly under 10 seconds.

This kind of performance is possible by using the latest lithium-ion batteries which are better in every way than the currently-used nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, being lighter, smaller, longer lasting and able to produce more energy per pound. We just want to know when the next-generation hybrid will be available, and, if this is not just a lot of empty boasting.


New Prius to Have 113mpg Target [Jalopnik]