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sd, Anne, Actually… The Prius Plug-in (like the Volt and standard Prius) has TWO separate motor-generators. MG2 (the main propulsion motor) is rated at 60kW (80hp). MG1 (used as a generator and starter motor) is rated at 42kW (56HP). Personally, I prefer not to constantly be carrying around the weight of a generator and a highly-complex hybrid drivetrain. I drive a LEAF (which has only a handful of moving parts) for the 98% of the time that it meets my needs, and a Civic for the other 2%.
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