(VIDEO) PHEV: the Prius Plug-in leads the charge/change!
Toyota maintains its technological lead over its competitors with the highly anticipated plug-in hybrid version of the Prius. Its engine and regenerative braking system still feeds the battery, but it is now also possible to charge it from an outlet.
The pioneer of hybrids gets a plug-in version and becomes the spearhead of the Prius range in terms of fuel economy and emissions.
Its competitors dream of having the same success with their own cars as the Prius is a market share equal to 80% of hybrid cars sold in the world from 1997 until today, 2.6 million vehicles! To maintain its technological lead, the Japanese automaker innovates and offers a variation with a real full electric possibility thanks to a 5.2kWh battery.
The car weighs 55 kg more than its cousin and the batteries with a greater capacity allow to drive 25 km without any use of fuel, charging takes 90 minutes with a quick charger.
The Prius Plug-in shows a fuel economy of 2.1 l/100 km in combined cycle and CO2 emissions of just 49g/km, instead of the 3.7 l/100 km and 85 g CO2/km for the classic Prius.
With a combined power that is identical, 136hp, the 0 to 100kph looses one second to 11.4 seconds, however, from the same tank of 45l autonomy now reaches 1200km!
With 25km of range, in urban cycle on short journeys, it is theoretically possible not use a single drop of gasoline. The Prius Plug-in can drive up to 85kph in all electric, while for extra power, the internal combustion engine takes over to reach 180kph.
But the Prius is not only a beautiful object nice to your wallet and the quality of air, it is also a high-tech and safe vehicle which features heads up display, detects a risk of collision, pre-tensions the seatbelts, then an alarm warns you before the car automatically brakes the car to minimize the damages if the accident is inevitable.
Features to simplify your life and improve comfort are also available on this model:
The "Touch Tracer" for example, which allows you to control audio and climate functions without taking your eyes or hands from the steering wheel! You will also find the intelligent park assist, which recognizes spots where you can park and guides you during the maneuver.
In terms of price, it starts at € 37,000 or € 9,000 more for the plug-in version.