28.2.2012 Toyota Plug-in Prius achieves 134 mpg
The official CO2 emissions and fuel economy figures have been released for Toyota's new Plug-in Prius, confirming it as the most economic Toyota to ever reach British roads.
The car will emit 49 g/km of CO2 on the combined cycle and travel 134.5 miles on one gallon of petrol. It is also able to be driven in pure electric mode, meaning some journeys can be completely emission free (at tailpipe).
Following feedback from an extensive customer trial in the UK and across Europe, Toyota's engineers have improved the car's pure electric driving range to 15.5 miles, an improvement of 24% versus the customer trial vehicle.
A full recharge takes only 90 minutes using a conventional 13A plug. To see available charging points in the UK, see Next Green Car's Zap-Map.
When the EV battery is depleted, the Prius Plug-In Hybrid automatically switches into HV mode, delivering CO2 emissions of 85 g/km and economy of 76.4 mpg, an improvement on the emissions and fuel economy of the standard Prius.
In total, the Plug-in Prius Hybrid is capable of delivering a total driving range of 769 miles, meaning that there is no danger of range anxiety as some people fear with choosing pure battery electric vehicles.
The class-leading economy of Prius Plug-In Hybrid does not come at the expense of the packaging either. The car continues to offer the same interior space as the standard Prius, with seating for five and 443 litres of bootspace.
The latest addition to Toyota's Prius family will be launched in the summer of 2012, with starting prices below £30,000 on-the-road, inclusive of the UK government's £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant.
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