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prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, April 2010

prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, April 2010

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Mary Nickerson, Toyota's national marketing manager for cross-vehicle marketing, said the company would also have a few Plug-Ins without the garish stickers, to test customer reaction.

Inside, the load-bay surround has the words "Plug-In Hybrid," and the carpeted floor mats inside the car also say "Prius Plug-In Hybrid."

These minor touches aside, without the stickers, virtually no one is likely to know that this is anything other than a perfectly standard 2010 Prius, special paint job or not.

The sole body difference is the plug-in port, in the front fender just ahead of the left front door. It too has a plug logo on it, with the words "Plug-In Hybrid."

The Prius Plug-In comes with a 22-foot 110-Volt charging cable in a bag in the trunk; a full recharge takes about 3 hours. The car's built-in charger can also handle 220-Volt charging, but that must be hard-wired in a garage.

Toyota said it may consider offering extra charging cables, so drivers can leave one in place inside their garage and have a second one to carry in the car.

prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, April 2010

prototype 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, April 2010

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PERFORMANCE: Just like a Prius that gets 99.9 mpg

Toyota claims the Prius Plug-In will run in all-electric mode up to 62 miles per hour, and can provide approximately 13.9 miles of electric running from its 5.2-kilowatt-hour battery pack.

On our test drive, the battery charge indicator showed available range of 13.9 miles. Our 10-mile test route mixed low-speed city driving, hills, and a 3-mile section of freeway on which we hit 86 miles per hour.


 
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