Review 2012 Toyota Prius PlugIn Hybrid Motor Junkies

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TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Review: 2012 Toyota Plug-In Hybrid

Public tests are common in the computer where a group of fanatics your beta to death and you find the problems. In the automotive this activity is not only it runs contrary to the cash on dressing future cars in vinyl. The Prius plug-in is

Toyota built 600 demonstrators and them to large corporations, fleets and, of course the Even TTAC was allowed to one for a week. What does have to do with the final And how does it stack up against the Plug-in Fusion and the 2013 Plug-in?

Let s find out.

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There is little to distinguish the from the normal Prius the charging door on the right quarter panel and (if you re in California) and the HOV access stickers. The lack of is either a benefit or a drawback on how loud you want to proclaim greenness. The lack of differentiation financial sense for Toyota as the is rumored to be redesigned for the 2015 year. Compared to the beta Toyota relocated the charging to the rear meaning I had to back parking spots to use some charging stations. Ever why the LEAF s port is in the nose?

Now you know.

Because the Prius was designed for a large battery, no to the passenger compartment were The cargo area is a different The regular Prius operates in EV up to 42MPH with a range of two if you are extremely gentle on the throttle.

The s range is 11-15 miles to a bigger battery. Toyota the capacity increase by using lithium-ion batteries (instead of hydride) and converting the spare area into a battery The result is an increase in capacity 1.3kWh to 4.4kWh at the cost of the and the jack.

The beta car used a battery pack that was into one 1.2kWh pack and two packs. The reason for the change was the pack arrangement wasn t as and the beta testers complained was no way to regenerate power back the dual 2kWh packs they were exhausted.

A jump doesn t sound much until you understand how the uses the battery. To preserve the of the battery, a regular Prius never fully discharge or the battery (batteries wear when their charge is at either extreme), reducing the capacity to around 0.6kWh. For duty, Toyota expanded usable capacity to somewhere 4.2kWh.

In comparison, the Volt s usable is around 12.9kWh and the 2013 plug-in is 6kWh.

Under the you will find the same 98HP engine and power device as a regular Prius. The and electric motors even put out the combined 134HP. I know Prius owners are thinking: on, if it s the same drivetrain, why is my Prius to 42MPH in EV mode? You won t find the under the hood, it s the battery and the

The Prius traction motor is the motor connected to the wheels and on how you look at the way the transaxle works link for tech-heads at eahart.com ), MG2 is most of the work when you re forward. That s why MG2 is an 81HP The problem with the regular is the discharge rate. The 1.4kWh battery can deliver only peak and 27HP of continuous

The plug-in s larger batter on the hand is capable of delivering of continuous power. If your demands exceed the neighborhood of then the engine turns on to up the difference up to 134. This new pack has another benefit: regeneration capacity.

On my daily I go over a 2,200ft mountain a regular Prius battery be full around 1,700ft. the plug-in was able to regenerate all the way I gained 7 miles of EV range to up for the extra gas it took to get me up the hill in the place.

The Prius isn t an EV, and it s not trying to be a Toyota either. Yet, it s more just a CARB compliance car as Unlike the Volt, Fisker, or the new Accord Hybrid, the Prius can t without its engine.

Even for drives. If you floor the car, the comes on, and while the beta car had a heat-pump to heat the cabin, the car uses engine heat a regular Prius. Instead, the plug-in is a new type of car where blends two different fuel trading a portion of the gasoline you pay a gallon for in California for electricity at per kWh.

The coming Ford hybrids operate in essentially the way.

Let s look at these in terms of a commute. I drive 106 a day, and my commute involves highway and rural mountain Starting with fuel without charging . the Volt 33MPG, the Prius averaged 50 and the plug-in averaged 52. (Credit the ability to regenerate for the improved With charging on both of my commute, the Volt averaged and the Prius plug-in averaged


According to our calculations, if your is under 27 miles total, or 27 each way with charging on end at $0.15/kWh, the Volt is the cheaper to run. The more expensive the the better the Prius s proposition. at $4.35 a gallon gasoline. My rate at home is $0.27/kWh due to my rate which bumps the cost of the Volt higher the Prius plug-in at anything a 1-mile distance.

Check rates before you plug-in.

On the the plug-in behaves just a regular Prius thanks to only 150lbs. As you would the low rolling resistance tires moderate road noise and little grip. The steering is a bit over-boosted, body roll is and acceleration is leisurely.

Is that a Not in my mind. The Prius’ mission is and not driving pleasure.

When in EV exceeding 3/4 throttle will the engine to start, something I think is a pity. Still, the is perfectly capable of tacking terrain in pure EV mode. At above about 50MPH you to be more gentle on the throttle in to prevent the engine from in and at 62 the engine starts no matter how you are.

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

If it s a cold day outside and you re the cabin heater, the Prius will turn on immediately and run to the cabin warm. Unlike a Prius. if you are in EV mode,  the engine be essentially idling and generating a amount of power as long as you your speed under 62.

Although the battery and motor are capable of speeds greater 62MPH, the system s design the engine to be spinning. This that in EV mode above the EV battery provides the majority of the while the engine essentially In this operation, we were getting 180 MPG while on a level traveling 70MPH for 9-10

With a starting price of or $40,285 if you prefer your fully-loaded, the Prius plug-in has a market in mind. You either to want the latest in Prius or be willing to pay $8,000 to use the HOV lanes for a few While I do believe it would be to eventually save money vs a Prius, it will take an and some serious number On my commute it would take miles for the plug-in to break with a $24,000 Prius. If commute is 24 miles a day, the break even drops to miles.

But at 24 miles a day, it take you 20 years. Still, is that HOV lane to consider. On my the HOV stickers would cut my daily by 30 minutes or  11 hours a month. How is that worth to you?

If your answer isn t: $8,000, click on over to our Prius C While the Prius plug-in may sense for a select few, the s beta program still in several ways. Toyota some major changes to the systems as a result of the feedback and a non-stop flow of reviews in the

If only Bentley could do the

Toyota provided the vehicle, and fuel for this review.

economy average over 65

Percent of time in EV mode: 20%

statistics as tested:

0-30: 3.4

0-60: 10.0 seconds

¼ 17sec @ 79 MPH

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

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