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Electric dreams: 10 Prius facts

Published 03/08/2010 | 05:00

1 Plugs into ordinary household socket.

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2 Estimated cost of a full 1.5-hour charge is 40c. That will get you up to 20kms.

3 Average daily commute here is 12.5kms

4 Doesn't rely on a recharging infrastructure.

5 Emits just 59 grammes of C02 every kilometre. Standard Prius: 89g/km.

6 Fuel consumption: 2.6 litres/100km. Top speed 180km/ph

7 Electric vehicles here get a €5,000 grant and you don't pay VRT (a saving of around €9,000). Prices include both benefits.

Plug-ins gets €2,500 grant and €2,500 on VRT, so you get €5,000.

In the UK plug-ins with emissions under 75g/km get the same tax treatment as electric vehicles.

8 Shorter charge time lengthens battery life.

9 The plug-in connection chord is seven metres long and waterproof.

10 It is likely to cost a bit more than the current Prius out which starts at €25,900.

Irish Independent

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