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Rav 4 Plug-in to debut at Los Angeles Auto Show (November)

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Can't imagine where they squeezed a bigger Battery in, I bet the spare wheel will be gone. Would have been good for people like me with a company car had it been available sooner, I gave up a PHEV to take on my RAV as the Outlander didn't offer all that I wanted any more but I will be paying a lot more tax for the pleasure of my RAV. (but a lot less than a diesel other brand SUV!)

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3 hours ago, Rav Rob said:

Can't imagine where they squeezed a bigger battery in, I bet the spare wheel will be gone...

I think you're almost certainly right.  It's why I didn't get the original plug-in Prius, the second generation added lack of rear wiper to the list too.

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Bearing in mind the fact that I know nothing, and drive a diesel, I understand that Toyota use nickel-metal hydride batteries in their self charging hybrids ... and are, perhaps, considering the introduction of lithium-ion technology into the plug-in versions ... ?

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The Prius plug-in version, available since 2012, has always been LiON.  I doubt if forthcoming plug-ins will use anything less.

Some trim levels of Toyota Hybrids also use this technology in some countries, but not in the UK.

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