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2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

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Alan Gell

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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.