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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid – details

Fri, 11 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0700

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid will show at Frankfurt

The principle difference between the standard Prius and this new plug-in version is – you’ll never guess – that it adds the ability to charge the Prius’ batteries through a domestic outlet. The Prius can be fully recharged in around 1.5 hours, and the new lithium-ion battery pack – which replaces the old nickel-metal hydride pack in the regular Prius – is more compact and of higher output.

Toyota claim that the plug-in Prius can cover round 12.5 miles on a full charge in pure ‘Electric Mode’, which is around double that of the normal Prius. Once the batteries are discharged the engine kicks in and the plug-in reverts to working like a normal Prius. Toyota say that the new plug-in will return emission figures of around 60g/km CO2, a big drop on the regular Prius.

Toyota plans on having 500 Prius Plug-in Hybrids out on lease in the New Year to evaluate their function in the real world. The wrinkles should be ironed out to allow full production to follow.

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