The environmental profile of Toyota’s new Prius Plug-in wouldn’t fail to impress with its extended all-electric driving range, very low CO2 emissions and outstanding fuel economy when operating in full hybrid mode. With these attributes, the new Prius Plug-in would be capable of sustaining the daily driving costs for motorists. The Prius Plug-in in the UK is unmatched as no other model currently available is capable of what its Hybrid Synergy Drive full hybrid powertrain can do. Like an electric vehicle, it is nearly totally silent and it makes zero emissions. But it can be driven on its lithium-ion battery for about 15.5 miles and in speeds of up to 51mph. When the battery charge drops to a certain level, the hybrid system kicks in so there’s no need to worry whether the car has sufficient power to get to its destination. The hybrid system comes with a very efficient 1.8-litre petrol engine. The Vauxhall Ampera uses a petrol engine as a “range extender” to support the electric motor but the Prius Plug-in has a higher specification and more seats. The Plug-in could also save nearly £2,000 on costs over three years/60,000 miles with a wider range and faster battery charging time.
Gallery: 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In