Only a few years ago, Toyota introduced us to the Eco-friendly most sold hybrid all over the world. Currently, a plug in version, is set to be launch around Feb 2012.
The new model, Prius PHV for “Plug in hybrid vehicle” is currently only being tested on a Toyota’s pilot program within government agencies and various utilities in order to gather data.
Comparing Regular Prius to the PHV
Exterior and interior changes are minimal. We could say that apart from door handles, silver paint on mirrors and a few PHV specific displays, there is absolutely no change at all. The difference comes entirely from the battery it uses. Old Prius carries a nickel-metal hydride battery pack, the new PHV uses a lithium-ion pack, which is supposed to be much more potent. Toyota is yet not giving specifics on how much more potent it will be. However, the new battery permits to drive more miles on electricity alone, therefore it is more fuel efficient. The new battery can be charged in 3 hours from any regular 110 volt outlet and only 1.5 hours from a 220 volt one. If you drive at a recommended speed, you will be able to drive up to thirteen miles in electric mode. Once the battery dies, the car automatically reverts to conventional hybrid functions.
This model same as the older one, will not give you speed! It goes from 0-to-60-mph in a time of 11.3 seconds contrary to the older Prius that could do the same in 9.8 seconds. This is caused by the battery adding 330 more pounds. However, it is clear for everyone (at least that’s what I hope) that the Pruis is not a car for speeding or for collection, we are talking about a safe, comfortable car that has great fuel efficiency. And, of course, rest free, as you are contributing to Mother Nature with this one.
We don’t have an estimate on how much it could cost yet, however sources tell us it won’t cost as much as the new Chevy Volt.