Extra spark keeps Prius plug-in green . . . and going for 128mpg
Published 17/08/2011 | 05:00
TOYOTA claims its new Prius plug-in electric hybrid vehicle (PHEV), pictured, will do an extraordinary 128.4mpg -- and slash the emissions.
And it will unveil the PHEV at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15.
This Prius has a new, more compact lithium-ion battery which Toyota says means the car can go further on electric power (EV) only.
And that's why it is claiming such a remarkable figure for fuel consumption.
As a consequence, CO2 emissions plunge to 49 g/km -- or nearly half those of the standard Prius.
When I drove the
pre-production model this time last year, which was here for a short time as part of a worldwide 'feedback' and testing programme, it averaged 20 kms on electric power only.
And while some people might say that isn't much to write home about, it is still sufficient to get a lot of people to work, where they can re-charge and get home again without the petrol engine ever needing to kick in.
By the same token, the engine is there to take over on longer journeys, eliminating the core concern of all electric cars -- range anxiety.