About the Toyota Prius Plug-In
The Toyota Plug-In is a Prius but with a larger battery capacity than the current Prius models. A 4.4kWH lithium-ion battery replaces the NiMH battery pack. The Prius Plug-In has an all-electric mode that allows you to drive up to 15 miles on a single charge without using any gasoline; something the Prius was never able to do before.
What is truly special about the Prius Plug-In is its ability to plug into any outlet in the home that has a dedicated 15-amp circuit. A full charge of the battery will happen within three hours.
Driving on the battery is smooth, quiet, and effective. Don’t worry about running out of juice and getting stranded on the road; as soon as the battery needs a charge the car switches over into hybrid mode, allowing you to use any recharge from the brake for electricity as well as gasoline. The Plug-In is just like the Prius third generation but with the added bonus of the all-electric mode.
The special features you get when buying a Prius Plug-In are the tax benefits and government incentives. A list of IRS, EPA, and other incentives are available on the Prius Plug-In website. Toyota Prius Plug-In Features
The 2012 Prius was introduced in January. Two separate trim models are available: the Prius Plug-In Hybrid and the Prius Plug-In Hybrid Advanced.
Under the hood is a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine 16-valve that produces 98 horsepower. Net horsepower with the hybrid motor is 100, and 153 lb-ft of torque is produced, giving the Prius Plug-In a little bit of a push during acceleration.
Both vehicles have a 15 miles driving range that does not use any gas whatsoever. When using gas, the car gets incredible mileage; combined use of the hybrid mode and gasoline mode, will get the driver 87 miles per gallon equivalent (mpg-e), according to Toyota.
The exteriors differ slightly between the two models. The standard Plug-In Hybrid has projector-beam halogen headlamps with auto on/off. The advanced trim model adds headlamp cleaners to the mix as well as integrated fog lamps. LED lamps are used for the tails on both models to save on energy. The 15-inch wheels come standard on both models.
The Etune system available on both Plug-In trim lines allows you several functions within the car to be accessed from your smart phone. An app allows you to locate your vehicle using your phone if it is lost or stolen. A charge management function allows the driver to monitor the charge within their vehicle. The climate control function allows the driver to monitor the temperature and adjust it before entering. Bing and Pandora provide up-to-date travel information as well as a wide selection of music. Sirius XM radio is also included. The advanced trim line also includes an HDD navigation system and JBL speakers for better sound quality.
The standard Plug-In has a fabric-trimmed, heated front seat that adjusts six ways, as well as a four-way adjustable passenger seat. The advanced Plug-In has a SofTex-trimmed heated front driver seat that is adjustable eight ways. The back seat has a 60/40 split for better cabin storage.
The steering wheel is a big improvement on the Plug-In over the second-generation model. A new telescoping feature allows greater variation in steering wheel positioning, giving taller drivers a better feel when in the driver’s seat. Driver, passenger, active headrests, and crumble zones make the Prius one safe ride as well. Special features on the Advanced also include dynamic radar cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and safety-connect assistance. Toyota Prius Plug-In Evolution
The Prius Plug-In Hybrid starts at $32,000, and the Prius Plug-In Hybrid Advanced starts at $39,525.
The new Prius Plug-In provides all of the innovation of the Prius but adds a few extra hints of where Toyota may head in the future, as electric car technology is further refined. You’ll have to dish out the dough to get your hands on one of these vehicles. If you’re not a green fanatic, you may be able to get your hands on a second hand Prius or wait till the price drops.
The Toyota Prius was first introduced in 2009 at several auto shows throughout the world as a concept car. The first Toyota Prius Plug-In was introduced in January of 2012.