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2012-04-10 14:54

THE GREEN WAY TO EARN EXTRA KMS: Toyota hopes to attract drivers looking for a green-freindly alternative without the anxiety brought on by being stranded in a battery car.

Toyota's latest addition to the Prius family will see a range-extending Plug-in model launched in 2012.
The Prius Plug-in mates a full hybrid power train to a rechargeable 4.4kWh lithium-ion battery to cover greater distances and reach higher speeds on battery power. Unlike other all-electric vehicles, once the charge in the battery is depleted the car switches to its hybrid system, so drivers won't have to worry too much about long distances.

A full charge using an external alternating current outlet takes 2.5 to three hours from a standard North American 120V 15A household outlet or 1.5 hours using a standard European 230V household outlet. According to Toyota, the all-electric range varies from 16-24km on a full charge depending on acceleration, braking, road and vehicle conditions.


The hybrid system includes a 1.8 petrol engine capable of  73kW at 5200rpm and 142Nm at 4000 rpm. The petrol unit is mated to two electric motors; 60kW and 42kW.

The Plug-in accelerates to 100km/h in 10.7sec and reaches a top speed of 180km/h while the maximum speed in electric mode is 100km/h.
Fuel consumption is rated at 2.1 litres/100 km and its has CO2 emissions rating of 49g/km.

Drivers can recharge the battery using a power point linked to a standard domestic or workplace supply. The new model comes with a charging cable set as standard, including five metres of cable stowed in the boot.

Standard kit includes diode headlights, touchscreen with satnav and voice recognition, rearview camera, Bluetooth and rain-sensing wipers as well as cruise control.

Passengers will have heatable front seats and leather steering wheel trim.

Optional extras include black leather upholstery and rear privacy glass, a "protection pack" (rear parking sensors and boot liner) and a "style pack" (exterior chromed elements).

Four exterior colours make up the palette for Prius Plug-in, led by Sky Blue (metallic), a new shade exclusive to the model.

Will the new model arrive in South Africa? We've asked Toyota SA for comment but they have yet to respond...


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