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Published Date: 13/04/2016

Toyota Prius Plug-in makes debut at NYIAS

Since its debut in the late 1990s, the Toyota Prius has been a forerunner in hybrid technology and is one of the most environmentally friendly cars on the market today.

Now as electric cars begin to take more of a role on our roads, Toyota will be releasing the second-generation plug-in hybrid, combining electric technology with the renowned hybrid system in the Prius.

Toyota Prius Plug-in makes debut at NYIAS

As part of the growing plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) field, the Prius Plug-in, or Prime as it will be called in the USA, will be fitted with an enhanced Hybrid Synergy Drive that features a larger lithium battery and in EV mode will help to a potential 202mpg, the best of any plug-in hybrid on the market and help to decrease the fuel consumption considerably.

Thanks to the new larger battery, the range on EV mode has also been improved to more than 30 miles, double that of its predecessor, with charging time below two and a half hours.

Combined with 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle VVT-i engine, which has a thermal efficiency improvement of 40 per cent on the last engine used in a Prius, it uses fuel intelligently to keep fuel costs and emissions as low as possible, with the utilisation of regenerative braking to restore power to the battery helping to charge the unit.

Despite being developed from the newest generation Prius from 2015, the PHEV version has a distinctive design of its own and sets it apart from the normal Prius.

Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, which is the base for many of Toyota’s new models, it combines many of the safety aspects of the company’s ideals and also provides the driver with a more engaging drive, as the body is lower to the road to reduce roll and give better handling.

Even with the more economical scope of the Prius PHEV, the interior is still well equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and S-flow intelligent air conditioning, which doesn’t use any power from the EV system and instead uses a gas-injected heat pump without the aid of the petrol unit.

Also fitted with the latest in Toyota Safety Sense technology, such as a Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert and Full-Speed Adaptive Cruise Control, the Prius Plug-in continues the great work in safety that Toyota strive to achieve. Simple Intelligent Parking Assist is also available on this latest model.

The Prius PHEV is expected to go on sale later this year. For more information on the Prius range, click here.

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