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Electric driving in the 2012 Prius Plug-in

Toyota has the Prius Plug-in, making it for its introduction as a 2012 model production vehicle.

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In typical Toyota this new preproduction car was not radically than the one I drove previously. And I to a lack of enthusiasm over new driving opportunity. Despite you can plug it in, it is still just a

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But that expectation crumbled a bit seeing some of the improvements to the car. And, like the version, it was a novel experience to a Prius at speed with the off.

During an initial about the car, Toyota President Bob Carter made it that the Prius brand be a tent pole for the company. He up the four different models will bear the Prius the original Prius liftback. V. Prius C. and Prius Plug-in.

A fan of the quick and maneuverable, I’m looking forward to the Prius C, will hopefully retain the nature of its concept.

The presentation pricing for the car, which high at $32,000, or $39,525 for a fully loaded model. But price is also subject to a federal tax credit, bringing the car under $30,000. Another at the presentation suggested Toyota the size of the Prius Plug-in’s pack, at 4.4 kilowatt-hours, to make the car for the tax credit, which is based on capacity.

However, the earlier of the Prius Plug-in I tested had a lithium ion battery, at 5.2 kilowatt-hours. The battery pack is smaller that of the previous version, yet it the car more pure electric 15 miles versus 13 miles. Not a change, but 15 miles is a rounder

Taking the gasoline tank account, total range at over 500 miles.

Toyota the size of the lithium-ion battery so as not to intrude on cargo space.

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also moved the charging as was shown by a model it had set up for photos the plug-in cable. Where it had been at the front fender, moved it to the right rear, the side of the fuel tank Nobody should have a pouring gasoline over the plug, as the hatch cover has an embossed plug symbol.

to the previous test model, times are rated at 3 hours for a outlet, and 1.5 hours at a 220-volt Toyota is also partnering Leviton to offer buyers a 2 charger, which should mere minutes to fill the

Once handed the keys to new, refined Prius I was pleased to note that the area had been restored. the previous version’s battery caused a slight lift to the load floor, the smaller pack in this preproduction not only allowed a normal floor level, but also an compartment for storing the charging

The car started up, in Prius fashion, EV mode was already engaged and had charged the car up before this But the range shown in the eyebrow was only 11.8 miles, than the promised 15. I wasn’t by the lower number, as trip always calculate the range on how the car was recently driven.

Fleet are not always gentle on the accelerator.

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Prius Plug-in glided forward under quarter lacking even the sound Toyota implemented on the Prius V Out on the first stretch of the 4.5-mile loop, I stepped into it, and the gas promptly fired up despite the glowing green EV mode on the instrument cluster. Letting off the engine persisted, ruining the electric drive experience.

the EV mode button repeatedly the EV mode icon off and on, but didn’t off the engine.

The instrument cluster shows the only range, which out at 15 miles.

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Unlike the previous version of car I had tested, EV mode was supposed to be something that Toyota over the Chevy Volt. defaults to electric drive possible. But the Prius Plug-in has a mind of its own, kicking in the to respond to needed acceleration. understandable, although it would been nice if the engine remained running even I had stopped the car.

After the Plug-in settled back pure electric mode, a testing showed that the would kick in at a little half throttle. For the portion of the loop that entered the I found it possible to preserve momentum during the merge. But to the car’s promised 62 mph without the engine was more difficult.

running the drive loop the electric range displayed by the car was down to 8.2 miles, that due to both the occasional help of the and the trip computer recalculating on my driving, which was only heavy-footed.

Toyota estimates that the Plug-in will earn an EPA of 87 mpg equivalent, using the calculation for a hybrid vehicle. During my drive there was no chance to that number, but it would be difficult to determine during a test. Toyota says without charging the battery, the car get 49 mpg.

Individual performance vary considerably depending on the of trips and how frequently the car gets up. If you had a 10-mile commute and a place to in at the office, you might not use any gasoline all But a 60-mile commute and only recharges would mean a much closer to 49 mpg, and that you should have the standard Prius liftback.

The Plug-in will include a set of to help manage its plug-in These apps are an extension to the new app system Toyota will in its vehicles. On an Android or iPhone, an will be able to set a charge prerun the air conditioning, look for charging stations, and even use the GPS to find it in a parking lot.

Toyota will initially out the 2012 Prius Plug-in in the 14 and East Coast states follow California’s vehicle regulations, with wider to follow. Prospective buyers be able to place their online beginning in October.

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