InDepth look at the Toyota Prius Plugin Hybrid

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TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

In-Depth look at the Toyota Plug-in Hybrid

September 20 The Green Piece Column.

At year’s Frankfurt Motor there have been a of exciting concept cars put the emphasis firmly on green However, while many of offerings are inspiring and offer a of the future, naysayers may continue to eyebrows about the chances of ever capturing a serious share.

None of those however, can be labelled at the Toyota The leading hybrid car had sold than one million units in America by April 2011, and a one million units on its home of Japan by August. So when a new of the Prius is launched it’s not those with green that sit up and take notice – the mainstream motoring media, and too.

Back in May we devoted a Green Column to the new Prius family article ) – but now the head of that the Toyota Prius Plug-in is ready to hit the road as it will go on in October in 14 US states through online ordering system deliveries are made in spring So if you’re thinking of jumping on the what can you expect?

Toyota Plug-In Hybrid: Vital

Based on the third-generation of the Toyota the Prius Plug-in Hybrid have a starting price of in the USA with the advanced grade Prius starting at $39,525.

The seats five and is expected to 87mpg in combined driving and in hybrid mode (these are US MPG figures). It features a 4.4kWh battery pack with an range up to 15miles at speeds up to However, it also retains the Synergy Drive of the standard model with a 1.8litre third-generation hybrid transaxle and control unit.

It was the centrepiece of a global demonstration that involved 600 plug-in vehicles in late 2009 Japan, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, China and the United With the experience gained that test phase, a of changes were made to the engineering and features of the vehicle.

For the Toyota Prius Plug-in has a completely new battery design. goal was to reduce the cost, and volume of the pack from the system that was originally As such, it was replaced with a battery pack that is half the weight of the original with increased electric range; and electric vehicle now user-selectable.

Other changes the use of a charger timer that the owner to set the charge start and time; and a charge port is moved from the front to the rear passenger-side to create a distance from the charge to the charger/battery, helping to reduce

Toyota Prius Plug-in Key features

Let’s take a at some of the crucial features and of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid:

Engine: The plug-in Prius a 2ZR-FXE 1.8litre DOHC VVT-I engine that 98hp at 5,200rpm and 105lb-ft of at 4,000rpm. It includes an Atkinson cycle, exhaust heat to heat the engine coolant, exhaust gas recirculation and an electronic control system with The overall fuel efficiency has boosted by lower exhaust and enhanced heat efficiency.

Charger: The on-board charging is compliant to SAE J1722 standards charging time at 110V around three hours. For in North America, the Leviton charging system has been for Prius Plug-in customers pricing starting at $999 for two customers.

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

— Driving modes: The has a user-selectable electric vehicle mode, as well as two hybrid Eco and Power. Eco mode maximises savings in all conditions, while mode increases throttle in the middle range.

— and information: There is a multi-information on the Prius that includes: an vehicle driving ratio, driving distance covered by driving; a hybrid system covering possible driving in electric vehicle mode; and an eco record screen that drivers to measure their against a comparable vehicle.

Weight optimisation: A number of have been taken to the weight of the Prius Plug-in including: a tyre sealing kit and in place of the spare tyre; the use of in key areas including the bonnet and callipers; while the new battery is half the weight of that in the demonstration phase vehicle.

Our verdict – the Toyota Prius Hybrid

There is certainly a lot to be about when it comes to the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, marks a substantial advance on the hybrid model. However, it really be compared to its predecessor or it be compared to the next generation of cars such as the Chevrolet (Vauxhall/Opel Ampera) range vehicle and the battery-electric Nissan

When placed against rivals the all-electric range of seems a little short, and the plug-in Prius claiming acceleration and less electric top speed the Volt and the LEAF to have some significant

Nevertheless, with the Prius so well-established with more three million vehicles worldwide, not to mention a competitive tag for the plug-in hybrid, the competition may have a lot to fear.


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

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