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7 electric cars to watch in 2012

By: Melissa Hincha-Ownby on Jan. 6, 2012, 10:08 a.m.
Prius with gas and electric pumps in tank

Photo: Toyota

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Although the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is not an all-electric vehicle, it is definitely worthy of inclusion on an electric cars to watch list. The Prius is the best-selling hybrid in the United States, and Toyota is expanding the Prius family with the addition of a plug-in version. Toyota’s first plug-in Prius hybrid will be capable of driving about 15 miles in all-electric mode before a 134 horsepower hybrid system kicks in. Estimated fuel efficiency for the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is 87+ MPGe in electric mode and 49 mpg in traditional hybrid mode.