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Toyota has announced the official EU emissions and economy figures for its new 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Prepare to be impressed.
The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is exactly what it sounds like – a version of the Prius that you can plug into the mains to charge the batteries. This gives it a new electric-only range of some 15.5 miles, a vast improvement over the 1.5 miles of the regular version.
As a result, the EU has awarded the car a combined cycle fuel economy rating of 134.5mpg with just 49g/km CO2 emissions.
Now, you might say so what – Volvo’s shown the same results with the considerably larger V60 Plug-in Hybrid. But the Prius’s batteries are fully charged in just 90 minutes using a regular plug socket, and with the current Government electric car grant it’s set to go on sale for less than £30,000.
To put this into context, a regular, top spec regular Toyota Prius is currently rated at 70.6mpg with 92g/km CO2 emissions. Even in full hybrid mode the new Prius Plug-in beats this 76.4mpg and 85g/km CO2.
The new car is the most efficient Toyota to ever be available on British roads – though in terms of outright petrol-electric efficiency it faces stiff competition from the Chevrolet Volt and Vauxhall Ampera range-extender duo.
Total range without refuelling in the Prius is around 769 miles, while the headline figures mean you could theoretically drive from Guildford to Gloucester on a single gallon. And although the reality may prove somewhat different, you can still expect impressive returns.
On top of which, the upgrades come without compromising passenger room or boot space, with the Prius Plug-in offering the exact same 443 litres of luggage capacity as before.
The production version of the new Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid gets its public debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March. Though full specification and pricing yet to be confirmed, we can tell you it goes on sale this summer, with entry-level models costing less than £30,000.
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