Toyota Prius Plug-in

28 Feb, 2012 12:23pm Luke Madden

Toyota Prius Plug-in claims 134.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 49g/km

Toyota has announced the final emissions figures for the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, and it’s set to produce just 49g/km and be capable of 134.5mpg.

The Plug-in is so much cleaner than the standard Prius – which boasts an already good 85g/km figure – because of its larger battery pack that allows the car to travel 15.5 miles on electric power alone. 

Unlike a full electric vehicle, which can take as long as 12 hours to recharge, the Prius Plug-in takes just 90 minutes to charge up. Once the battery is empty, the Prius switches to the petrol engine to deliver a combined range of 769 miles. 

Elsewhere the Plug-in is almost identical to the standard Prius, offering the same interior space and 443 litres of room in the boot. 

The Prius Plug-in will go on sale in the summer with prices at less than £30,000 when the Government electric vehicle grant of £5,000 is taken into account. 

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So, put in two gallons and you can drive over 250 miles? Don't think so.

Why should the British taxpayer be paying for £5000 discounts to Toyota who build the most environmentally unfriendly carbon using assembly lines in the world that ships parts in from every corner of planet earth to build a Prius.

100,000 Prius hybrid plug in sales x £5,000 British Government Taxpayer handouts in a bribe to buy = £500 million bill for the British taxpayer to pick-up in SO called AUSTERE TIMES. Flash Harry Osborne needs to get a hold stop the bribes, and start employing more doctors, nurses teachers, armed forces etc rather than keep the Japanese production lines booming.

Surely the EU should be slapping a £5,000 carbon tax on such a environmentally unfriendly Prius production process with parts getting shipped in from every corner of the world.

No mention of how much all these extra batteries will cost to replace, how well the batteries will be performing in 5 years time once battery degregation begins to set in rapidly.

i always wonder how many people have actually used a prius or gone futher than what they hear on a entertainment show that will remain nameless to develop their opinions on the technology.

now over ten years ago maybe the envuiromental impact may have been greater but now it is not the case after you have done 3 tanks of fuel in the car it has broken even eviromentally to a standard car the plugin should achive this even earlyer.

and yes the point of after 5 years battery degeneration will have set in rapidly well i guess it is a lucky thing every element of the hybrid system is covered for 7 years as there is confidence for it to last longer.

personally i have driven a prius at 40 mph in electric mode you just need to know how and past that speed it is a combination to still give economy so if 70mpg was achevable with an electric range of 1.2 mile the abilty of this car should stack up.

again back to people who comwent on something they have never used my cmplaint about the prius is how you have to use it. to acheve high levels of economy you have to know how to work a prius it is like no other car switch between modes with buttons not gear stick engin brake simulation to regain power. put simply a test drive becomes a driving lesson but when you pass its very rewarding

Great to see Mrs Peters win her false MPG claims with Honda, Honda stated the Civic, Honda said it would do 50 MPG, she never managed to get anywhere close to that, so Honda were forced to revise it down to state it can only return 42 MPG maximum. She won the case, and $10,000, which has now opened the floodgates for 200,000 other Civic owners to claim, looks like Toyota will be next.

At 70 MPH on a motorway trip a BMW 5 Series Efficient Dynanmics diesel will return much better MPG than the Prius in the REAL WORLD, and when you factor in the batteries will be total crap after 5 years, and the cost of replacing them will keep the beamer in free diesel for next 5 years, diesel engine is more durable will probably last twice as long the Prius will have to scraped a lot earlier with all those nasty batteries & acid to be dealt with.

How much will you Prius be worth in 5-7 years when the batteries need replacing bugger all.

A number of Tesla owners now have laid up on brick cars as they can't afford the expensive $40,000 battery replacement, it was in the news the other day.

JC was right the Prius appeals on no grounds what so ever.

A whole new word for battery powered cars, taken from the computer world meaning your electronic device inoperative. In the case of an EV, it would mean to run the battery state of charge so far down that nothing works anymore after 5-7 years.

Chevy Volt owners got the offer by GM to buy the Volts back because of the severe fire risk.

They said the price of the Prius would come down after being in production for 10 years, still no evidence of this yet. Lies, lies and more lies.

How much would he have spent on Prius batteries to get 2.8 million miles on a Prius? Doubt if many throwaway Prius cars will make it past 180,000 mile they are not as durable as a nice diesel.

I had one of these for a week as a demo when considering a company car replacement. It's heavy, cumbersome, very inefficient on fuel in anything like real-world driving, it's interior is awful with a disgusting synthetic smell. I honestly cannot see the point of this car when it never, ever seems to give anywhere near the efficiency it claims to. I've had many a normal petrol car give me better MPG than this did. It's the same story whenever I ready reviews of these things, so I agree with an earlier poster, why should the UK taxpayer fork out £5k in discounts for people with more money than sense to buy one of these things?

What a load of B.S. above. Prius batteries do not cost a lot now, they have a 10 year guarantee and they are getting cheaper. There is no fire risk (unless you buy GM). Cleaner than a diesel. Any number of taxis in Australia have done 800,000km and more with no problems at all. Slag off at your government about discounts, not Toyota. Prius prices dropped here about AUS$5,000 recently. If you don't want a Prius, please piss off and don't buy one, and before you slag off at the car learn some FACTS about it first.

Toyota tried to hide their unexplained acceleration problems under the carpet for years whilst knowing about, not the sort of company l would want to buy a car from. When the acceleration problems left their owners in a runaway car, and the problem blew up in Toyota's face, they still tried to blame their owner for not knowing how to deal with a a runaway car.

Then followed the unexplained loss of brake problems, the Prius was a death trap.

I am not saying all hybrid are bad, it's a shame we don't see some of the good stuff, the more practical hybrids in this country that would be very useful like the Ford Escape hybrid, Chevy have some superb hybrids pick-up trucks, vans and SUV's built for them by Via Motors for GM.

Via Motors Chevy Silverado hybrid is a huge pick-up truck it runs for 48 miles range on an electric charge (would never have to fill-up on overtaxed petrol ever again), and will return up to 120 MPG which is absolutely amazing.

Until we start to see some of the superb more practical useful hybrids come to the market place like the Via Motors Chevy SUV, vans, pick-ups & Ford Escape SUV's then count me out, l am not one little bit interested in athe boring dull anodyne cold Toyota Prius appliance junk that gives hybrids a bad name that is about as much fun as owning a fridge, l would rather ride a zero emission mountain or road bike it would be better for my health, wealth & the environment.

Richie: I do not believe your comments regarding unexplained acceleration problems with Prius vehicles are accurate,and as you make some very serious allegations I think you should check the facts very carefully.

You don't like the Prius, although with sales of well over two million there's a lot of people who obviously don't see it as you do.

Amazing how all these experts on the Prius have usually not owned one. Or even driven one for a few months. As usual people playing with statistics. I know that my Prius is far more economical than either the HDi or CDi that I owned travelling exactly the same route and I can certainly say it's much cleaner. Stood in traffic it produces no emissions and doesn't slowly clog up it DPF. It's such a bind to drive an automatic around town what with 1 pedal to press and a steering wheel to turn. On a recent motorway trip 120 miles each way I only averaged over 56mpg whilst keeping up with traffic. Yep the Prius is terrible. As for the £10 VED, don't get me started...

Have to laugh at the anti - Prius sentiment on this page - Toyota must be doing something right because the Prius is the best selling and most successful hybrid product ever. Its where the hybrid story started for Toyota and thats why they have developed so many other models including the Auris, Yaris (and Camry for certain markets) not forgetting Lexus models. Plenty of people are buying them particularly in the states despite the major recall of a couple of years ago. Oh and Richie767, you want to be able to buy big bloated American SUVs and pickups do you? Well, you'd be welcome to them - buy one of these things and you would soon discover bad build and c**p reliability

So, increasing electric only range from a couple of miles to 15.5 halves fuel consumption compared to the current Prius according to Toyota's claims. Pull the other one! Out of the total claimed range of 769 miles, only 15.5 (max) or 2% can be done on electricity with a petrol engine doing the rest. Total petrol use must be (769-15.5) / 134.5 gallons. That is 5.6 gallons or 25.4 litres. Have they halved the fuel tank capacity compared top the current Prius?
If Toyota have a petrol engine that can take you 754 miles on only 25 litres, why do they need hybrid complications? Why do they not use this in all their cars? The answer is that the claimed figures are a function of the total unsuitability of the official EU test for giving meaningful figures for hybrids, especially plug-in types with their slightly longer electric only range.

AE, do us a favour and give us details of this test . You did an article on the standard test a couple of years ago, but that was before this government authorised deceipt took hold.

Nobody is one little bit interested in the Prius in the UK.

Only place it sells is in Japan where the locals only buy Japanese cars only because they are the most xenophobic nation on earthy, or USA the two countries where it is made, the rest of the world is switched off to the Prius.

384 Prius sales a month, won't even close to probably 25 thousand + Ford Fiesta sales this March, why because nobody is one bit interested in an anodyne Prius, it's only the xenophobic Japanese car buyer that only buys Japanese branded cars that is propping up the anodyne boredom on 4 wheels.

What a load of rubbish from people who have never driven a Prius! My Prius is 7 years old, 85,000 miles, never had ANY repair over and above a standard service and the battery efficiency (measured in mpg) is exactly the same as new. Yes, you do have to drive at 65 on the motorway rather than 85 - but with slowdowns in the fast lane it makes very little difference to journey times - and a gentle foot round town and you get 57mpg real world and this is the Mark 2. My company car is an Auris hybrid (new engine) and this achieves 64mpg average. When you test drive is important as cold winter days bring the figure down by about 4 or 5 mpg and warm summer days take it up to over 70mpg (the Auris). Now those are the facts!!

Hybrid fan, Auris hybrid is the first hybrid in to be made local in Europe, it is assembled in Burnaston UK on a line that employs 4,000 Brits. I don't have a problem with that. Two thumbs up to Toyota for doing that, and just for the record l like the Auris hybrid. It would be the only Hybrid l would consider worth buying at the moment.

Thanks for the facts hybrid fan, but the paper mache Prius is not a car that l just can't warm to personally, you don't need to drive one l would rather listen to somebody that has driven a lot of cars like JC on top gear who is neutral not biased like yourself, just for the record JC praised the Hilux, he said it was indestructible.

The declared fuel economy for this car (134.5) is a derrived figure from the metric one (l/100 km) that the test protocol produces. In this case, the base figures is rounded to 2.1 l/100 km, but could be anywhere between 2.05 and 2.15. The equivalent converted mpg range is 131 to 137.5 mpg. The declared figure of 134.5 therefore gives an illusion of accuracy that can not be justified.

Incidentally, most petrol engines of the size used in the Prius will use at least 2 l/100 km @ 60 mph just to rotate themselves. Add the fuel needed to overcome rolling and air resistance and you are bound to use more than 2.1 l/100 overall.

Before you all start I am not trying to bash hybrids , I would be happy to use / buy one if they stacked up , but they don't !!! I do 80 miles a day .... I've done this for the last 9 years I've owned 2 cars in that time ... One was a 2.0l mondeo deisel which did nearly 60mpg ( and that's on 75 miles of that on motorway at 70-75 ) and it had done 180,000 miles and things were starting to go wrong , I now own a Hyundai i20 which cost me 1/4 of the price of a Prius and I get 53-55 mpg out of a 1.2 petrol again at 70-75 . No electric or hybrid would get me to work and back on a charge ... And I've done 33,000 in 15 months and get nearly the 55 mpg quoted ... And I don't drive like miss daisy .... The annoying thing is the extra urban figures quoted by manufacturers , as this is on a roiling road at 56 mph who does that .... Any modern deisel would beat the 50-60 mpg figures some of the previous comments quote and some petrol ones will do that too .... Good idea just not there quite yet ..

Having owned and driven a number of hybrids over the last 10 years I can tell you two things.

1. Cars like this are a stepping stone to more efficient methods of transport like Hydrogen. We cannot simply change overnight?

2.Anyone who has driven any hybrid over a longer period of time learn that they are not only fuel efficient but, clean, quiet (inside and especially out), easy to drive, minimal compromise (size and space) and reliable.

Its the combination of a proper sized car, with a proper sized boot, a smooth auto box ideal for town driving and a relaxing drive this gives you that appeals to Prius owners, the economy is a bonus!

ps. The "claimed" mpg figures are generated on a standardized EU cycle. It does not really allow accurate comparison between Range extenders like this and normal petrol/ diesel cars. Not Toyotas fault though?

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