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It is called the new Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. Simply put, there is not much difference in the standard hybrid Prius and the “new” plug-in. It is very closely aligned with the Chevy Volt. They are both called ‘extended range’ vehicles. I recently had a Prius Plug-In for a weeklong test drive, taking this electric vehicle over many highways, some city driving, and along country roads.
The Prius Plug-in Hybrid is being called a PHV (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle) and is different than the pure-electric such as the Nissan Leaf. The Prius PHV enhances the proven Hybrid Synergy Drive introduced by Toyota a number of years ago. The biggest difference is the battery pack itself. Toyota has steered clear of the lithium-ion batteries until now. The plug-in model Prius uses the lithium-ion batteries for the all-electric mode.
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