Toyota preps Prius plug-in hybrid for 2012
The new Prius Plug-in hybrid will go on sale in the early half of 2012 with a price tag less than £31,000. The pricing is still competitive compared to the latest EV models but Prius Plug-in Hybrid promises to offer more flexibility in performance, courtesy its powertrain which combines an electric motor, a lithium-ion battery and a petrol engine. In EV mode alone drivers can now cover more than 22.5 kms using power from its hybrid battery, there after the vehicle will seamlessly switch to its full hybrid system, by inspiring its 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine, in an instance. A simple connection to workplace or domestic electricity supply, or a roadside charging point, can enable a full recharge in an hour and a half. In a combined cycle fuel economy tips a remarkable 2.1l/100km while C02 emissions are rated at 49g/km. Toyota have set out 200 prototypes Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) to gauge its potential in real world conditions. With 3.3 million hybrids on the road, Toyota could very well be the most successful manufacturer of hybrid vehicles.