Prius Plug-in, which reaches showrooms in
July, offers all the familiar virtues of Prius, and then some. Like its
sister model, it is powered by a smooth, refined and ultra-efficient
full hybrid powertrain, but thanks to new, rechargeable lithium-ion
battery technology, it can cover longer distances and reach higher
speeds on electric power alone, cutting tailpipe emissions to zero. And
unlike all-electric vehicles, once the charge in the battery is used up,
the car switches seamlessly to its hybrid system, so the driver need
have no anxiety about journey distances.
As a result, Prius Plug-in achieves a new
low benchmark in its class for official CO2 emissions, 49
Recharging the battery is
simple and speedy, using a power point linked to a standard domestic or
workplace supply, or an on-street charging point. Prius Plug-in comes
with a charging cable set as standard, including five metres of cabling,
that can be stored neatly in a dedicated area beneath the boot floor.
Toyota has teamed up with British Gas as its UK partner which can
provide both fleet and retail customers with site surveys and install
the appropriate hardware.
Equipment features and options
Prius Plug-in is offered with a single
equipment specification that, true to the car’s reputation for
user-friend technology, includes a generous range of advanced features.
These include LED daytime running lights and headlights; Toyota Touch
and Go Plus with touchscreen controls, satellite navigation, voice
recognition, rear-view camera and advanced Bluetooth for phone
connection and audio streaming, a DAB digital tuner, eight-speaker JBL
sound system, rain-sensing wipers and cruise control.
Heated front seats, 15-inch alloy
wheels with wheel caps and leather steering wheel trim are also included
in the package.
Black leather upholstery (£1,500) and
rear privacy glass (£270) are available as options, together a
Protection Pack (rear parking sensors and boot liner) and a Style Pack
(exterior chrome trim elements), both at £360.
The on-the-road price for Prius Plug-in
is £32,895, but this falls to £27,895 with the benefit of the £5,000
Government grant available on new vehicle purchases, provided through
the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
The organisation of the grant element
of the purchase will be undertaken by the Toyota Centre handling the
sale Toyota (GB) and OLEV, placing no burden on the customer. The price
the customer pays will include the grant, so he or she will not have to
claim the money back after purchase. Toyota’s UK sales network is well
experienced in handling this kind of arrangement, having handled similar
processes for the previous PowerShift grants for hybrid vehicles and the
Government’s scrappage scheme.