2012 Toyota Prius PlugIn Highroads

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2012 Toyota Prius Hybrid

Prius plug-in Toyota toward an electric

BY Jim Prueter

These days it like plug-in electric are getting all the attention, with new like Chevrolet’s Volt and all-electric LEAF.

While Motor Company’s Prius the best-selling hybrid, offering by far the leading fuel economy, recently announced plans to the popular Prius “family from the existing one model to It will include a Prius and a Prius plug-in (PHV).

To with product testing, the recently distributed 500 prototype plug-in hybrids worldwide, 150 in the U.S. One of those landed on my

So exactly how is the Prius PHV different the standard-issue Prius? The Prius PHV uses the same electric and gasoline engine as a normal but it runs on a higher voltage, so the creates more power. The hydride battery pack has swapped out for a heavier, pricier ion one; it sits under the floor, which is raised a bit to accommodate its larger size.

fully charged, which just two to three hours on a 110/120-volt household outlet or 90 on a 220-volt outlet (as compared to six to hours or more on a 220-volt for all-electric cars like the the Prius PHV will travel up to 13 on battery power alone. Chevrolet’s new Volt offers 25 to 50 of pure electric driving the gasoline engine assisting occasionally in propelling the car, the LEAF offers 68 to 110 miles of driving.

For the Prius PHV, the recharge couldn’t be easier: just pop what looks like a gasoline filler flap on the side front fender, the thick round plug the plug-in receptacle, and plug the end into any standard household

If you feather-touch the accelerator pedal, you can speeds up to 62 mph using electricity A heavier touch will the battery-only mode and fire up the 1.8-liter four-cylinder internal-combustion engine.

In severe weather where temperatures are significantly freezing or above 100 degrees electric-only range is expected to be than 13 miles. Yet, in ideal moderate Arizona our tester never performed all 13 miles that Toyota possible.

An instrument panel readout, than that on a regular hybrid, continually counts the remaining battery-only miles as are consumed. Once the electric-only are exhausted, the Prius automatically back to gasoline and behaves a normal Prius hybrid, performance, same economy.

have a choice of three “power” for quicker performance, for expected driving performance and where acceleration is noticeably and the gas engine less likely to up and add power.

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Visual differences separating our PHV a standard Prius include paint on the outside mirrors, handles and tailgate, and the large and white “PLUG-IN-HYBRID” wording, and graphics on the lower side

During our week of testing included daily battery we averaged an impressive 64 mpg. My impression was, “what’s the big about 13 miles of electric range? Isn’t it a bit pointless?” Not because any trip or errand than 13 miles becomes free, since electricity is so

If your driving needs are errands, you could drive and never burn a drop of gas as as you recharge between trips.

Toyota won’t name the the Prius PHV is expected to cost more than a regular hybrid, which starts at but will be cheaper than the Volt. They also say exactly when it will go on but they continue to collect and data on driving and recharging from the 500 prototypes currently in worldwide.

Toyota says the viability of technology can depend on an individual geographic location, drive and access to charging facilities. guessing that the Pruis PHV is yet step toward improved technologies we’ll continue to see and offered to the public.

Overall, we impressed with the fuel delivered by the Prius PHV, and if doesn’t overprice it — and you don’t the frequent recharging — there’s reason not to consider it if you are in the market for a compact five-passenger sedan.

JIM PRUETER . an automotive writer in Phoenix, has provided reviews and about cars for more 20 year

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