This dynamic vehicle with urban appeal will pursue outstanding fuel efficiency in a compact package, while also providing a surprisingly spacious interior. It will include many advanced technology features, including some offered on the current Prius. Prius c Concept is the inspiration for an additional Prius family member that is estimated to come to market in the first half of 2012 as the most value-oriented hybrid in the Canadian market with the highest mileage of any cordless hybrid.
Prius Plug-In Vehicle: the Best of Both Worlds
Since its initial launch 10 years ago, one of the Prius main efficiencies has been a hybrid system with its own on-board recharging system that never needed to be plugged in to take people where they wanted to go. With the addition of new technology and shifts in the market, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid is the family member that represents the best of both worlds the superior fuel efficiency of the Prius with added EV driving capability.
Depending on driving conditions, Prius Plug-in can be driven approximately 20 kilometres on battery power at speeds up to 100 km/h. Its compact Lithium-ion battery provides less weight and a quicker recharging time, taking three hours on 110 volts and 1.7 hours on 220 volts. It can be topped off anytime with a convenient short charge.
After the EV power is depleted, the Plug-in performs like an economical third-generation Prius, the most fuel efficient midsize hybrid vehicle in Canada. Unlike pure EVs, it will be a seamless transition for consumers, with the only difference from a regular Prius is that it can be plugged in at convenient intervals.
Currently, Toyota Canada Inc is testing several Lithium-ion-battery powered Prius Plug-ins as part of the first phase of a national demonstration program with 16 partners across the country. The programs goal is to demonstrate plug-in technology, educate and inform the public, evaluate performance, and better understand the benefits to future customers.
When it comes to market, the Prius Plug-in will represent the most eco-sensitive and advanced choice within the Prius brand of products.
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