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TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

First Drive: Toyota Plug-In Hybrid

I assumed a plug-in version of the Prius be powerful enough when in electric-only mode, given you have to accelerate gingerly in a Prius to achieve its top electric-only of 30 mph without triggering the gas engine. A in an experimental Prius plug-in however, proved me wrong.

at the Detroit auto show — sudden hybrid rival GM an upcoming plug-in model and to beat the Japanese pioneer to — Toyota seized the opportunity to a test drive. The Prius I drove is one of only a in the U.S. four of which has provided to the University of California, and Irvine, in conjunction with the Mobility Partnership.

The plug-in Prius is little than a regular Prius an additional nickel-metal-hydride battery in the space usually occupied by the tire. Aside from there are some software and an outlet on the rear quarterpanel the one with the fuel filler; the Synergy Drive system the same electric motors, and everything else.

An EV button on the activates electric-only mode, gives plenty of power for acceleration and lets you climb up to 62 mph the gas engine turns on. This is a different experience than the EV in the Highlander SUV and Lexus LS 600hL which only help a when it comes to keeping the off; accelerate too quickly or up to 30 mph, and their engines up.

The plug-in Prius accelerated at a rate in EV mode, turning on the gas only when I called for acceleration or exceeded 62 mph. better, the familiar in-dash display gives additional The Energy Monitor screen a bar graph in the corner that exactly how close you are to triggering the gas By modulating the pedal position, I the electric-only mode as long as I

More information, Toyota helps drivers maximize mileage.

This screen shows how much farther you can in EV mode until the battery’s — in actual miles. This is a in other hybrids, as battery appears only as a bar graph. experimental plug-in has an electric of about seven miles, but says that would at double in a real product, won’t come until the Prius — with a lithium-ion — does.

So when do we plug it in? The idea is to plug-in hybrids overnight, but model takes only to four hours from a household outlet. If you use 220 volts, only an hour to an hour and a The point behind charging is it lets you start out with a battery. Current hybrids fire up the engine when you the car on to top off the battery pack.

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Even the seven-mile range on fossil-fuel-free Toyota stresses that the burned by the end of the trip — not how long you go only — is what counts.

The additional batteries help out in by increasing the storage capacity for generated through regenerative which all hybrids do. For example, if you use a lot of climbing a hill you can gain of it back when you coast or your way back down. In hybrids, once the battery is any additional braking represents energy.

You might want a figure for this car, but correctly points out that no reliable way to judge it yet — and that for other companies’ plug-ins, One of the Clean Mobility Partnership’s is to develop such a test and study the real-world life-cycle of electric cars in different because most of the country’s is generated by dirty, carbon-heavy Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation will look into the for such cars by cycling through plug-in hybrids, electrics and other alternative-fuel

The viability of alternative propulsion on too many factors to mention, but the cost of manufacture, how much will pay for what level of and their tolerance for plugging in a car or shorter ranges between or fill-ups.

Overall I’m with the experimental plug-in, because the Prius itself is a designed to operate plug-free. A car from the start as a plug-in — as the car’s successor may be — will be more efficient. Toyota and automakers are busier than we and they keep the details to

As soon as we know any more, you too.

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

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