Test Drive 2012 Toyota Prius PHV Plugin Hybrid Autos ca Page 2

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Toyota Prius PHV Electric Cars

October 1, 2012

2012 Prius PHV Plug-in Hybrid. image to enlarge

Plugging the into the car and into your starts the charging process, stops automatically when You can partially charge the battery, and you don t to fully discharge the battery recharging. The cord is designed to flexible in the winter months and can be outdoors.

It s also lockable.

Our drive proceeded with an charge using household When starting the vehicle it to EV mode and showed 19.2 km range on the battery. In EV mode the PHV does not use the gasoline engine at and should your daily not exceed your maximum EV you could conceivably drive without gasoline as long as you in to recharge the battery.

But most people will more range, so when the battery is depleted, the hybrid takes over and the car switches to hybrid mode, giving it a of about 550 km. Additionally, there s an ECO that may further improve economy.

Conveniently, as long as you sufficient charge in your you can switch between hybrid and EV via buttons on the dashboard.

2012 Prius PHV Plug-in Hybrid. image to enlarge

On the road, the PHV drives the same as a standard which means it s extremely has a smooth and somewhat soft with sufficient power for use. Braking in our test PHV was unpredictable, however. On the highway, a amount of pedal input resulted in either too little or too braking.

Likewise in the city, the brakes can grab or seem disinterested in modulation.

The interior is very for front and rear-seat passengers, the option of folding the rear flat to expand the cargo Although it s a midsize car, the has big car interior dimensions.

The controls are to master, although the touch steering wheel controls overkill, as did some of the complex tracking fuel consumption. The view camera is appreciated but graphics to clearly delineate the zone behind the car, it s to estimate just how far you can go. Maybe s an audible alarm? I was afraid it be in the sound of a crunch.

There s a particularly useful area on the floor under the console (there s a tray…). women will hide purses, and all manner of objects can be stowed out of sight. It s a thoughtful

Fuel economy is a Prius although the Transport Canada numbers are optimistic. What you ll see is 3.7/4.0 L/100 km city/highway the EV component), but the recently revised US EPA are 4.6/4.8 L/100km, 4.7 L/100km These latter numbers reflect my experience, having extensively in the city and adding 1,000 km of highway motoring.

I m sure you could hypermile to get numbers, and the Prius Energy display does help this, but I was driving with a right foot, and would that my results are representative at the side of the spectrum. ECO mode t noticeably influence fuel in my experience. It would be interesting to the vehicle for a longer period to the gains that can be made in EV

Toyota Prius PHV Electric Cars

I expect better results be achieved.

Don t forget, this is a not a small and these days anything 6.0 L/100km combined is terrific economy. Under 5.0 L/100km achieved in the Prius PHV during our drive is pretty much art at this point, and filling up 29L of regular fuel after a 600 km is indeed satisfying.

Plug-in are important in that they are the step in hybrid technology. We ll to see whether they transition full EVs like the Nissan (only with better or whether hydrogen moves the back burner into the over the next few years.

The Toyota Prius PHV is available in quantities now.

Pricing: 2012 Toyota PHV

2012 Toyota Prius $35,700

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