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Toyota Prius Plug-In

As the name suggests the latest to join the third generation hybrid five door family is the Plug-In version. new addition can be charged from electricity to extend the driving of the electric power only

The new Prius Plug-In becomes the of the family and it is Toyota’s first full hybrid. It uses the 1.8-litre 98bhp petrol and 81bhp electric motor/generator/battery Synergy Drive as the Prius seater hatch and the new Prius+ seater MPV models.

But instead of the only/zero emission driving of just a couple of miles, the version after a one and a half charging period which around 60-pence has an electric range of 15.5 miles, for most city return commutes. Toyota says their five year trials for the Prius Plug-In, 600 test vehicles, two thirds of journeys covered less 12.5 miles.

For the UK market the version differs from its Prius stablemates with the that it can be bought using the £5,000 plug in low emission vehicle grant so it is priced at on-the-road.

The other benefit over Hybrid Prius models is it only incurs 5 per cent car tax instead of 10 per cent and for businesses is the 100 per cent write down in the first year of ownership.

CO2 emissions of 49g/km it is of course of VED road tax and free of the London Charge. The Prius Hybrid has CO2 of 89g/km and the Prius+ Hybrid and both are currently exempt road tax and the Congestion Charge.

UK for the new flagship Plug-In version are to be current Prius hatchback retail buyers who must-have the automotive technology, eco conscious and the business community who, for reasons, operate ‘green’

Only one level of high is available and that is similar to the top of the Prius T-Spirit petrol-electric versions. There are extra options available such as upholstery.

Prius Plug-In rivals

The Prius Plug-Ins’ competitor for sales is probably not Prius family members but the Ampera/Chevrolet Volt with its generator/electric motor range system.

Figures supplied by claim that over the their Prius Plug-In for a three year/60,000 mile can save users almost on costs covering its greater range and quicker battery time. They also that specification adjusted the has £3,587 more value and it five people instead of

Travel range

With its driving range using and electric power, including a 15.5-miles electric power range, the new Prius Plug-In is a big forward in making electric more practical. It delivers all the points electric vehicle but with the added benefits of no and range-anxiety to when and where the car can be

Just a conventional 13amp is needed linked to a suitable charging point supply. a one and a half hours full charge, which depending on rates, it should be cost 60p in mains electricity.

Toyota GB recommend owners choose to use power supply partner Gas to get a free survey done on the efficiency and safety of the owner’s electrics. If required a dedicated power 13-amp cable/charging can then be fitted with ranging from £375 to

Owners at their own risk can to ignore this advice and use a 13-amp outlet as long as are no other heavy-use electric being used on that The Prius Plug-In comes its own charging cable handily in the 443-litre boot.

The Plug-Ins’ extended electric range has an official 134.5mpg a 45 per cent improvement over the Prius. Once the stored power has run out the Synergy Drive supply mode will return 76.4mpg.

The official combined fuel consumption using petrol and electric is 84mpg.

Test drive

On a test drive this from Toyota’s UK headquarters in the commuter-land of Epsom, traffic roads around Leatherhead, M25 and a short spell of the A3 dual and using mainly battery the on-board computer showed

But a short 70mph cruise on the A3 this to 150mpg. Now I am not for one minute these are the figures owners get in real-life for day-to-day driving but it show the potential the Plug-In offers for commuter driving

I literally sweated over test drive, the air con was left off on the day of the year so far, but that I was driving in a normal manner and up with the rest of the traffic. 80mpg overall should be for most drivers for normal and country driving.

The Prius Plug-In has three driving modes; HV, EV and EV-City. In HV vehicle) mode the car operates in the way as the standard Prius seamlessly the petrol engine with the motor when required.

EV (electric vehicle) mode is the electric motor draws from the lithium-ion battery and gives a driving range of up to miles at speeds up to 51mph. The engine will start up if the judges more power is

In EV-City mode the same as EV mode apply but more use of the throttle can be made before the engine cuts in allowing to use the car in inner city zero zones. In addition an Eco mode can be to operate jointly in any of the HV, EV or EV-City

This softens the throttle and the air conditioning system efficiency is to save power. All this is fed to the driver via displays, graphics and

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

It’s a techno-persons dream or a nightmare. Whatever type of you are the Plug-In is really easy to Get in switch on, select drive in the CVT transmission, press the accelerator and off you go.

Choose the power supply that suits you, or the conditions, job done.

The specification is with just one level Electric windows, door air con, cruise control, system, sat nav, rear camera and 15-inch alloy are all included. The ride is comfortable good road surfaces but it unsettled over poorer the steering is light and gives feedback but it makes it easy to

There is a sting-in-the tail The Prius Plug-In is easy to cheap to run and tax efficient for businesses and car users. But for retail customers it is to buy and a significant £3,435 more the top-spec Prius Hybrid T-Spirit.

That price takes into account the Government low emission vehicle which applies, (for to the Plug-In. Without that the Prius Plug-In would be £8,000 more than the Prius Hybrid.


Prius Plug-In 5-Door

Price: £28,345 with the low emission grant.

Power source/transmission: 1.8-litre, cylinder variable valve petrol engine, 98bhp/104lb ft, motor 81bhp/152lb ft, CVT auto, forward/reverse drivebox.

Performance: 0 to 62mph 11.4 seconds, consumption, EV electric 134.5mpg, petrol/electric 84.0mpg, CO2 49g/km, VED £0, BIK car tax 5%.

Insurance: 16E provisional.

Dimensions/capacities: L W 1,745mm, H 1,490mm, boot/load 443 to 1,120-litres.

Warranty: Car 5-years/100,000 battery pack 8-years.

Cheap to run, low on emissions, low on simple to drive, comfortable, for company car users/businesses, no limit to the range.

Against: Hard to the significant higher purchase over a standard Prius for retail customers.


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