How Will the New Toyota Prius Get Even Better Mileage?

Toyota Prius

Toyota (NYSE:TM) announced that its next-generation Prius, due out in 2015, will offer even better gas mileage due to lighter parts and improved batteries.

While the company didn’t give any specifics, some have estimated based on previous increases in the vehicle’s gas mileage that the new Prius could get 55 miles per gallon. That estimate is based on previous improvements, as each generation of the Prius has typically increased its gas mileage by 10 percent. The current Prius gets 50 mpg.

Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Carter stressed the company’s commitment to the environment at a press event held Wednesday in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Citing the fact that the company has sold 5 million hybrid Toyota and Lexus hybrids worldwide, Carter said: “I would like to see us — as an industry — accomplish the same thing in the U.S. That is … 5 million hybrids, cumulatively, in the U.S. by close of business 2016. That results in 3 billion gallons of gasoline saved, which is more than enough gas for the entire population of the United States to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a Prius.”