The new Toyota Prius Plug-in emits just 49g/km CO2 and will cost £27,895 with a government’s grant
10 April 2012

The new Toyota Prius Plug-in emits just 49g/km CO2 and will cost £27,895 with the government’s low carbon vehicle grant. The standard car costs £21,560 and emits 89g/km of CO2.

Lithium-ion battery technology means the Plug-in can cover longer distances and reach higher-speeds on electric power alone compared with the nickel-metal hydride batteries in the standard car. Despite its name, the Plug-in is still a hybrid, and it will revert to petrol power once its battery charge is depleted.

The Toyota Prius Plug-in charges from a standard domestic supply or an on-street charging point. The Plug-in comes with a five-metre recharging cable which is stored beneath the boot floor.

Standard equipment includes LED lights, satellite navigation, voice recognition, rear-view camera and Bluetooth connectivity. Leather upholstery, privacy glass, parking sensors and chrome exterior trim appear on the options list.

The new batteries make the Plug-in more expensive than the standard £21,560 Prius. Prices start at £32,895, but it is eligible for a £5000 government grant on new low emission vehicles, meaning its on-the-road price is £27,895. It’s available to order now for July deliveries.

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11 April 2012

Why would anyone buy a Leaf or an Ampera now. Its an impressive car for the price, but only because of the grant. Without the grant you would need to drive a huge distance to recover the extra cost.

11 April 2012

I would still buy a leaf because it's cheaper and more up-market, people say why not just get a golf deisel, but the people in the market are not in the market for a diesel golf they are after a c class and for £25k the c and the leaf have similar spec levels. To accept the leaf you have to think of it as a luxuary car, not a cheap hatch.

11 April 2012

There are so many cars that outdo the plug-in Prius in almost every respect. Including the Prius itself, the CT200h, Golf TDI Bluemotion, Audi A3 99g/km, Octavia GreenLine II, Leon Ecomotive, the upcoming Honda Civic 1.6i-DTEC, Citroen DS5 HYbrid4, Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4... well, you get the picture.

11 April 2012

[quote theadamh1234]To accept the leaf you have to think of it as a luxuary car, not a cheap hatch.[/quote]

It isn't so easy considering the Leaf a luxury car in general I think car makers should start to introduce EVs among luxury cars. The high cost of the drivetrain applied to a car that usually carry on many extras is easier to hide.

11 April 2012

[quote matsoc]

[quote theadamh1234]To accept the leaf you have to think of it as a luxuary car, not a cheap hatch.[/quote]

It isn't so easy considering the Leaf a luxury car in general I think car makers should start to introduce EVs among luxury cars. The high cost of the drivetrain applied to a car that usually carry on many extras is easier to hide.

[/quote] That's why I think tesla will be successful

11 April 2012

[quote Autocar] will cost £27,895 with the government’s low carbon vehicle grant.[/quote]

Why in the UK will a Prius plug in cost from £33k gross minus the £5k taxpayer cash back whilst in the USA the price is from $32k+ $760 delivery minus $2.5k taxpayer cash back?

In US dollar terms the UK Prius is then $44k after the government grant whilst the Yanks only pay $30k there well may local sales taxes in the US to add to that but they are below 10% I believe.

Why the 50% or so difference in price?

11 April 2012

Cars are stupidly expensive here in the UK because people pay astronomical prices without complaint.

American motorists simply won't.

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