TOKYO: The Prius Plug-in Hybrid is the latest development of Toyota's modular Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) platform.
It comes with a newly designed and more compact lithium-ion battery. Its extended EV cruising range enables it to achieve fuel efficiency of just 2.2 l/100 km, and to lower CO2 emissions to an unprecedented 49 g/km.
The Prius Plug-in Hybrid gives urban-based customers a much improved extended EV driving range of 21km at speeds of up to 100kph for shorter journeys.
When the battery runs out, power comes from the hybrid engine and the car operates like a regular Prius.
Toyota said the car can be fully charged up in three hours (110V) or in 90 minutes (220V).
While Toyota continues to roll out Full Hybrid technology to new market segments through models such as the Auris and Yaris, the Prius remains a showcase for new technologies and further advances in HSD powertrain design, with Prius Plug-in Hybrid as its flagship.
The Prius Plug-in Hybrid will make its world debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month. It will go on sale internationally in the first half of 2012.