2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

October 04, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Toyota eminently marked its name all over the world with the production of first-class passenger cars and SUVs. On 16th of September it introduced 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid at Annual Green Drive Expo, this Plug-in Hybrid is the latest addition in Prius family.

2012 Toyota Prius

First model of Prius was launched in 2001 and since then almost 1 million models has been sold in U.S.A. This new model of Prius offers the blend of advantages of standard Hybrid model of Prius and EV (driving) and presents more reasonably priced as compare to electric range-extender kind of vehicles. 2012 Prius Plug-in hybrid is meant for 5 passengers, it is anticipated that it can achieve 87 MPG in combined driving and 49 MPG in Hybrid mode.

Exterior of 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Exterior of 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid is almost similar to its standard model and the points of exterior which differentiate it from the standard Hybrid are:

  • Chrome like finish for door handles
  • Front grille
  • Back license plate
  • Battery charging door
  • Distinctive lines and bandages
  • Blue-accent Headlamps
  • LED taillight

Available Trim Level

2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid will be available in 2 trim levels i.e.

  • Standard
  • Advanced

Standard Exterior Features

  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Enhanced Drive Feedback Screen
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Smart Key System on 3 doors
  • Touch Tracer Display

Advanced Exterior Features

  • Head up Display
  • LED Headlamps
  • SofTex Interior Seat Trim
  • Driver Seat with power adjustable in 8 positions

Interior of 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Toyota’s main motive behind the launch of Plug-in Hybrid is to present a complete vehicle that is blend of performance, fuel-economy, reasonable price and unique packaging. 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid is quite a spacious car which offers enough space to passengers and enough cargo volume for luggage. Toyota has used high quality eco-friendly plastic in the interior of Plug-in i.e. “Ecological Plastic” this plastic releases less Co2 as compare to ordinary plastic at the time of production.

Salient Interior Features

  • New Multimedia System of Toyota (Entune Plug-in Hybrid Application for Smartphones)
  • Remote Air Conditioning System
  • Charging Station Map
  • Vehicle Finder
  • Eco Dashboard
  • Touch Trace Display
  • Seating capacity for 5 passengers

Safety Features of 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

  • Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Electronic-Brake Force Distribution System
  • Brake Assist
  • Smart Stop Technology
  • Pre-Collision System
  • 7 Air bags
  • Stolen Vehicle Locator
  • Emergency Assistance Button

Performance of 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid contains the additional and enhanced onboard battery charging system and battery pack of Li-ion 176-lb. Weight of 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid is 123 lbs which is greater than the weight of standard Prius Liftback. Don’t worry about its performance; performance of 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid is almost same as that of standard Prius. When driver operates the 2012 Prius Plug-in hybrid, the system moves to full Hybrid mode in full acceleration and this divides the power of engine generator and drive wheels while the battery remain charged like the Prius model (Standard). 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid let EV operation and performance equal to 15 miles @ 62 mph, it can be charged at home with the use of standard AC outlet and circuit of 15 amp. In EV mode, Prius Plug-in Hybrid offers the fast and comfortable driving experience of an electric vehicle.

Battery of 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Toyota has created enhanced compact, light in weight, high-output battery particularly for Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Battery pack of 4.4 kWh consists of battery charger which is situated under battery and contains an internal cooling fan. Additionally, the Hybrid system of inverter is optimized for this battery of high capacity and cooling system of Hybrid employs huge heat exchanger and a fan motor of high capacity.

How to Charge the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid?

External system to charge the 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid is safe and convenient to use, battery charger is round about 24 feet in length and its weight is 3.75 lbs. Port for charging is situated on the rear side of push open door (spring loaded) on the right back fender. When you will use external AC outlet almost 2.5-3.0 Hrs will be needed to charge the battery with 120V, timer intimates you about the charging time and you can set it for start of charging and end of charging.

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