Plan is to make a hybrid that can run faster and longer on batteries alone
26 July 2007

Toyota is taking the development of the Prius hybrid to the next level with development of a plug-in Prius.The new car, prototypes of which will begin testing on the roads of Japan and California, is based on the current petrol-electric hybrid. Unlike that car, however, it will be able to run for much longer periods – and at higher speeds – on battery power alone.Key to the development of the plug-in Prius will be a new nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery that can store more energy more efficiently. Current technology means that this can’t be made small enough, so for the test vehicles an over-sized NiMH battery pack will be used.

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The Toyota Prius is an easy and very visible route to greenness, even if its reputation as the minicab of choice for UK drivers is now impossible to shake off

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Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is an easy and very visible route to greenness, even if its reputation as the minicab of choice for UK drivers is now impossible to shake off

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