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do you save on fuel?

Toyota says the Prius PHV has miserly consumption rated at 1.75 km. CO2 emissions come in at 41 g/km, is an amazing number.

That, of is if you stick to the specified driving for combined electric vehicle and vehicle modes. Do this and to the typical conventional mid-size you will reduce your consumption by 1,650 litres (83 per and CO2 emissions by almost 4,000 kg (or tonnes), says Toyota.

In words, your gas bill go down by about $1,900 a (based on regular unleaded at $1.157 a litre). On the other you will spend $150-$200 a on electricity to charge up your PHV, thus the net savings is $1,700 a year. Not bad.

Compromises? Range, naturally. The PHV will travel no more about 20 km on an electric charge After that, you’re in a Prius hybrid.

Still, the PHV recharges in two or three hours on a 110/120-volt household outlet, six to eight or more on 240 volts for a electric car such as the Nissan That’s because the Leaf more juice to fill its battery pack to go 160 km or less.

hybrid vehicles, folks, are in the mix of vehicles headed to showrooms in the one to two years. Toyota plans to selling the Prius PHV in 2012. are being tested in Canada now as part of a deployment of 500 prototypes

I drove my tester in Vancouver.

so we’re all on the same page, are designed to go 20 km or so on battery-power alone, become normal hybrids the usual blend of gas and electric In other words, the Prius PHV like a normal hybrid the electric-only range is maxed

The idea behind PHV is to give who do short-range hops an electric-only Toyota is not alone here, Also planned for 2012: a Focus PHV and a Honda mid-size to PHV.

My Prius PHV prototype like a reasonable urban If I owned one, the only would be the frequent recharging.

For the average householder, that popping open a door a gasoline filler flap on the front fender. A fat, plug snaps into the receptacle, with the other end into a standard household Nothing special is required to up.

Battery range will depending on conditions — if you in a hilly area or on cold when you use the juice-draining heater, warmers, defrosters, headlights. keep track of range by a display in the instrument panel.

The PHV can also be programmed with a push to perform in different power mode is peppy, mode is, well, normal, and eco down acceleration and makes the gas more reluctant to start and add The transition from electric-motor-only to and gas was almost always smooth, from time to time the car a light shudder when the gas kicked in.

The rest of the Prius PHV story is unsurprising. This high-roof has a very big cabin for a car with a footprint. Four or five fit easily and the cabin itself is enough, aside from all the plastic.

In driving, the car feels much like a regular except that in battery there is no noise. Toyota work on improving the brake making the pedal seem numb and instead more conventional brakes rather regenerative brakes which the battery pack when

Toyota Prius PHV Electric Cars

Certainly acceleration was strong for any true believer in this The electric motor is rated at 80 and 153 lb-ft of torque and the 1.8-litre engine at 98 hp at 5,200 rpm, 105 at 4,000 rpm. This is the power as the current Prius.

like this Prius been largely overlooked and buried in the hype surrounding electric cars such as the The thing is, for the driver who does short hops, the fuel and environmental benefits may just the trouble required to plug in, big money in the process.

Toyota Prius Plug-in (prototype)

Type: Mid-size

Price: $32,000 (estimated on sale in 2012; $1,490

Gas engine: 1.8-litre four-cylinder

98 hp/105 lb-ft

Electric 80 hp/153 lb-ft

Transmission: CVT

Toyota Prius PHV Electric Cars

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