Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid 2012 – 2013

Unlike its other Gen 3 cousins, the Prius Plug-In combines the benefits of the Liftback’s hybrid operation with extended electric vehicle (EV) driving. It achieves 95 miles per gallon equivalent (mpge) in combined driving and 50 mpg in hybrid driving mode. Toyota says a range of 15 miles is available in all-electric mode, at a top speed of 62 mph. While the Plug-In and Liftback share the same Hybrid Synergy Drive systems, whereas other models has used a NiMH battery pack, the Plug-In if the first Toyota’s first 4.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Recharging is done in 2.5 to 3.0 hours using a standard 120-volt outlet, or in 1.5 hours using a 220-volt charging technology. Drivers will find the Plug-In Prius will rely more on its electric-only capability, especially in shorter and slower trips in urban driving, which will provide the biggest reduction in gasoline consumption. However the all-electric range falls considerably short of the average American’s daily commute, which then requires a recharge at work if gasoline is to be avoided. In my view this falls well short of competitors.