2012 Toyota Prius Plugin A modest route to the electric future …

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Plugging in an electric car by a city is an extended challenge.

The hybrid’s has arrived, except it’s stuck in one of New England’s more winters.

I don’t mean stuck, like when our Toyota Prius Plug-in itself in an inch of snow. the cold weather served a reminder that gas-electric and their brainy powertrain simply have to keep the running.

The Prius Plug-in is one of new Prii (Toyota’s taking for an official plural) set to go on sale this year and early The average Prius can’t go than a half-mile on electric but our decaled prototype claims a battery range and fuel of nearly 100 mpg on short trips. it’s January, and those aren’t going to happen.

A caused our jerry-rigged charging to short out.

Hybrid living here should their stupendous mileage to drop to more average in winter, since the coolant and converter have to be kept to maximize performance and minimize Low temperatures, inclines, and speeds 60 mph all work against the Prius The Chevrolet Volt also its engine to run in cold weather, with the batteries fully

Toyota, however, isn’t us a technological marvel. A123 of Watertown has been selling plug-in conversion kits for the Prius since 2008. dealers including Westboro have installed hundreds and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is four of them.

Toyota’s are close to those of the converted Three lithium-ion battery including one in the spare tire (Toyota says it will a single pack on the production are rated at about 3 kWh and replace the 1.3-kWh nickel metal-hydride That adds about 200 to the already light 3,042-pound weight, and isn’t at all noticeable the electric motor provides power.

Charging takes three hours on a 120-volt or half that on 240 volts.

Toyota has been lending 600 Plug-in models to journalists, and other organizations worldwide, the Massachusetts Port Authority. and recently, for Zipcar customers in and Cambridge. About 150 of the cars are circulated throughout the US, and all of them black boxes recording consumption data which will share on its website in

In my log entry, Toyota should a short-circuit at 1:43 a.m. on 12, right as a heavy snowfall was Boston. Lacking a covered or an external outlet, I ran a medium-gauge cord out my kitchen window and it three stories off a balcony.

nestled their way in between the and click! lights out.

electrical tape would helped, but I got lazy. Even charging the Prius is equivalent to a toaster for three hours, doesn’t recommend using cords at all. City-dwellers, only option is garage

Because unless you’ve got a connection 10 feet away, hybrids won’t take to And if someone is bold enough to the light off my bike, they’ll hawk that Prius on eBay the next morning.

With temperatures hovering 25 degrees, I couldn’t nudge the Plug-in past an indicated 53 mpg 325 miles of mixed city and driving. Save for one day, the car was in every time at home and to the Globe loading docks. My to work is only nine but the engine always ran about the time, even after the car was warm.

Like the regular the electric motor has only kick for light acceleration. But on a charge one night, I tore up 24 for 10 dreamy, gas-free minutes. On days, I saw eight to 10 miles of operation at best. A 10-mile to Costco netted about 96 but dropped to 56 on the way back with the drained.

The last time I a third-generation Prius, I averaged 51 mpg in the of July.

Besides the battery on the front left fender and the Hybrid badges, there’s to distinguish this model the average Prius. A tiny LED on the lights up when the car is charging, and the LCD instrument panel shows an EV range next to the battery Among the geeky fuel bar graphs is a new display that how often the Prius runs on its alone.

After a full week, I 22 percent.

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Instead of building a plug-in hybrid or blowing on an all-electric car, Toyota has modest improvements to an already car while expanding its hybrid at minimum cost. The minivan-like V goes on sale this while a compact two-door C and this Plug-in model go on in the first months of 2012. here on out, aggressive and production volume will do the talking, not the gallon or two of gas I might saved.

The Chevrolet Volt, winning three major Car of the awards, is on sale in only six costs a whopping $41,000, and may not hit 10,000 units this At $33,600, the Nissan Leaf is a story, and needs an expensive charging unit or the rare station to keep it running. hasn’t announced pricing, but the premium over a standard would be less than

While limited battery makes it eligible for only a of the maximum $7,500 federal tax that Volt and Leaf receive, we estimate the Prius will undercut the Volt by a few and go about even with the

Hopefully, Toyota’s not done There’s nowhere to store the charging cord, no way to tell the charging status when off, and the LCD display could do a job of showing when the gas engine is It’s an experiment, and for many living in cities, a stretch of the to work properly.

But if Toyota can enough of them, the company’s conservative culture could see it yet another niche.

2012 Prius Plug-in

THE BASICS estimated: $30,000 Fuel EPA estimated: N/A. Fuel Globe observed: 53 mpg Drivetrain: I-4, 60 kW electric motor, lithium-ion battery, CVT, front-wheel-drive. Body: 5-passenger, hatchback.

THE SPECIFICS Horsepower: N/A. N/A. Overall length: in. Wheelbase: 106.3 in. Height: in. Width: 68.7 in. Curb 3,242 lbs. (estimated)

THE Quiet, smooth, and sky-high gas

THE BAD: Difficult to maintain mode, not beneficial to city still drives like a

THE BOTTOM LINE: Modest make a great hybrid – at a cost

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