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Following the international success of the Prius, has developed a plug-in hybrid Yes, the existing car is already a but this one allows you to plug a charging point and juice it up to the amount of time that the car can on electric power alone.

It be on sale for another couple of but 20 examples will be up and running on streets as part of a three-year demonstration programme from 2010. Toyota has agreed to the cars between some of its existing business customers, Sky and News International, publishers of The Sun and The . Other scheme partners are the Police, Transport for London and the Car and Despatch Agency.

In the Metal

You’d be hard pushed to the plug-in Prius from the car. It appears identical, the exception being a small cap — similar to a fuel cover — located above the passenger side arch. Flip it open and find a plug socket for the battery, ideally placed for you pull up next to a charging

It’s the same deal too. The space aged, dash layout from the Prius remains, as does the LCD mounted at the top of the dashboard. That you when the car is using electric or power and how you’re doing as a driver. The only physical of note are the fact that the floor is marginally higher, due to the higher capacity battery.

also brings a 130kg gain.

What you get for your

Aside from the obvious battery charging cable stored in the boot) there are two features to the plug-in Prius. The is the air conditioning system, which the temperature inside the car while the is charging, so you’re not wasting warming up or cooling down the car on the

The second new feature is a rather screen on the dashboard display indicates how much CO 2 you’ve by driving on electric power. displayed by the image of a growing

Prices won’t be confirmed for time, but Toyota claims its customers will pay around to Ј400 per month to lease the car the current scheme. That’s not reflective of how much it will when full scale begins, but it’s all we have to go on for

Driving it

The significance of Toyota’s PHV Hybrid Vehicle) technology is the use of a battery pack rather a nickel-metal hydride item as in the standard Prius. The lithium-ion is faster to recharge but two thirds of the pack must be charged by an electricity supply. Toyota that a full charge about an hour and a half a standard socket.

In practice, means that the Prius can run on power alone for much The standard model will for only 1.2 miles before the engine has to kick in, but the Prius PHV plod on for 12.5 miles on power alone. That sound like an enormous but Toyota assures us that enough to cater for the majority of particularly in London where the will take place.

It’s also enough to slash fuel consumption and quoted figures of 108.6mpg and are pretty groundbreaking.

As far as performance the 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol and electric motor combination muster 134bhp in tandem and the is good for 0-62mph in 13.7 It will also hit 112mph both engine and motor together, or 62mph on battery alone. As with the exterior, difficult to notice any difference in the experience between this and the Prius, with the exception of the that it’s difficult to get the to kick in during town

It’s still eerily and all the torque is available from revs, so it’s usefully in stodgy traffic.


It’s fair to say that the PHV makes less sense to with a long motorway but if you live in the capital — and the lack of electric car charging is a worry — then not. We’re promised points at tube stations by the end of year and you should also see springing up in supermarket car parks and busy public spots. Mayor Boris Johnson to have 25,000 of the things up and by 2015, too.

London isn’t the only to be trialling the Prius PHV, as 100 are on test under a similar in Strasbourg, France. The plug-in has also made its way — in smaller numbers — to Warsaw, Helsinki, Stockholm, Madrid and Oslo.


production is a way off yet, but if the forthcoming go well — and there’s no why they shouldn’t — Toyota could be on to an even winner with the Prius The emissions and fuel economy are impressive, and they’ll be serious points. The clincher will be the as the PHV will no doubt be more than the standard Prius and batteries don’t come

It’s not confirmed, but the estimated date is early 2012, so if can wrap up its research and settle on an price by then, the Prius PHV prove even more than the existing model.

Carfrae — 23 Jun 2010


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