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Toyota Prius PHV Electric Cars

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Toyota Prius PHV v Toyota Prius i-Tech.

Toyota Prius i-Tech

The Prius is still the world’s best-selling hybrid and continues to be ranked the greenest new car on the market (a Fiesta diesel is more economical) according to the Government’s Green Vehicle website. There are two models, the $39,900 base and $53,500 i-Tech.

i-Tech comes well loaded with gear such as satellite-navigation, LED headlights, self-parking system, leather trim and a solar panel in its roof to help cool the car when parked. Cruise control, multi-function wheel and push button start also included as well as detailed hybrid display trip computer. Seven airbags and stability control for five-star safety.

Relatively spacious and comfortable, with sweeping centre console placing major controls in easy reach. Foot-operated park brake a letdown for a cabin that in parts feels cheap (blame the quest for weight reduction).

Reasonable acceleration from combination of petrol and electric propulsion. Needs a decent squeeze of the throttle to get things going, but performance is more than adequate otherwise; inconsistent brake feel from regenerative system takes some adjustment. Under decent acceleration the petrol engine operates most of the time before hibernating down hills, when stopped or during gentle driving.

Runs purely on petrol — and not much of it, although will full batteries it can drive 1-2km on electricity alone. It’s difficult to get the Prius using as little as its claimed 3.9L/100km, but about 5.0L/100km is still impressive for an easy-to-live with, five-person vehicle.

It’s hypothetical because this is the only Prius you can actually buy for now. But given its ease of use and impressive efficiency in everyday driving the Prius i-Tech is difficult to go past. theoretically.

Toyota Prius i-Tech. from $53,500 plus on-road costs, 1.8-litre 4-cylinder and electric motor, 100kW (60kW from electric motor and 73kW from engine), 3.9L/100km, 89g/km CO2, CVT auto transmission

Toyota prius PHV

The Prius PHV is still in its development phase and won’t be on sale until at least 2012. There are five cars in Australia for testing and evaluation, although the final version is likely to be different once Toyota HQ receives feedback.

Today’s estimates suggest a Prius PHV will cost about 15 per cent more than the regular model thanks to better (and more) lithium-ion batteries. Misses out on solar roof (to save weight) and other gadgets but otherwise gets generous equipment and more detailed trip computer to display details of electric-only mode.

The full Prius treatment inside other than the modified trip computer, which gives broader information on electric-only running. Only noticeable downside is in the boot, which is still practical but has a floor that sits 43mm higher, reducing load space from 445 litres to 391 litres.

60kW electric motor works fine for everyday use with strong enough acceleration, albeit with an eerie silence a reminder of the technology beneath. Floor the accelerator or exceed 100km/h, though, and it fires the petrol engine to life.

It depends how you use it. For short drives (less than 20km) it will generally use no fuel, although requires a 1.5 hour recharge at the end. After that it behaves like today’s Prius, complete with petrol engine, albeit lugging additional 135kg of batteries that will dull response slightly. Fuel use is claimed at 2.6 litres for the first 100km, which includes the 20km of EV-only driving.

However, extra weight means over longer distances it’s likely to be thirstier than a regular Prius.

The 20km range limits its appeal for most Australians in most situations, especially considering there’s an hour-and-a-half of recharging to be done at the end. Price premium and omission of extra gadgets on the Prius PHV also mean it loses. by a nose.

Toyota Prius PHV. from $45,000-$50,000 (estimated), 1.8-litre 4-cylinder and electric motor, 100kW (60kW from electric motor and 73kW from engine), 2.6L/100km, 59g/km CO2, CVT auto transmission

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