The production version of the new Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid has been unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show.
The first plug-in version of the Prius uses Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system, combining an electric motor for short distances and low speeds with a small petrol engine to provide flexibility and range.
The Prius Plug-in Hybrid features a more compact lithium-ion battery which is claimed to help achieve fuel efficiency of 128.4mpg. The new technology also reduces CO2 emissions to 49g/km –almost half that of the standard Prius.
The 1420kg car - some 50kg heavier than standard - produces a a total HSD system power output of 134bhp, enabling it to hit 62mph from standing in 10.7sec and on to a top speed of 112mph.
Toyota says the new model has, “extended EV driving range for shorter journeys in towns and cities, while the efficient hybrid petrol engine gives the car uncompromised long range capability and the very low fuel consumption of the standard Prius.”
Three switchable driving modes are available - HV, EV and EV-City - the first of which functions as a standard Prius, engaging the petrol engine when needed.