We are very pleased to announce the introduction of the most advanced Prius yet, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid. It will be the smartest advancement in automotive technology available.
What Is a Prius Plug-In?
The Prius Plug-in is similar in concept to the Prius hybrid. Both are powered by Toyota's gas-electric Hybrid Synergy Drive. However, the two vehicles employ different battery packs.
Prius hybrid uses a nickel-metal hydride battery pack that can propel the vehicle solely on electric power for just one mile at 25 mph or less. It is recharged by the gas engine, which provides the majority of the vehicle's driving power.
By contrast, Prius Plug-in comes equipped with a larger, highercapacity lithium-ion battery pack that, under certain conditions, has the power to operate the vehicle in EV Mode at nearfreeway speeds for a maximum distance of about 10 to15 miles. Once this battery pack is discharged, Prius Plug-in changes to hybrid mode. This battery pack can also be charged by plugging the vehicle into a 110v outlet for 3 hours or a 220v outlet for 1.5 hours. In short, Prius Plug-in can use all-electric power for many short trips or hybrid power for longer trips.