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New 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Introduced to Prius Family

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Press Release : Toyota Introduces 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Toyota today introduced a new member to its Prius Family at the annual Green Drive Expo, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

The 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid offers the same five-passenger seating and luggage space as the standard Prius model which is expected to achieve a manufacturer-estimated 87 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in combined driving and 49 MPG in hybrid mode.

Externally, the Prius Plug-in is almost the same with the standard Prius.  The 2012 Prius Plug-in is distinguished from the standard Prius model by exclusive exterior trim, including chrome-like finish for the door handles, front grille, rear license plate garnish and the battery charging door.  Unique badges, blue-accent headlamps and LED taillight clusters also help identify the plug-in model.  The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in weighs 3,165 lbs. versus 3,042 lbs.for the Prius Lift-back.  Therefore, suspension has been tuned in accordance with the change in weight distribution from the standard Prius model.

The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in has what the standard Prius has to offer plus extended electric vehicle (EV) driving.  The Plug-in Hybrid will allow true EV operation and performance for up to 15 miles at speeds up to 62 mph, along with quick home charging using a standard AC outlet and 15-amp dedicated circuit.  Operating in EV mode, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid provides the quick, smooth quiet driving of a pure electric vehicle.

The Plug-in Hybrid system consists of a large-capacity Li-ion battery and an external battery-charging port connected to the standard Prius Hybrid Synergy Drive system.  The external charging system is designed to be easy and safe to use.  Approximately 24 feet in length, the battery charger cable weighs just 3.75 lbs. and conveniently fits its own compartment in the trunk area.

The 2012 Prius Plug-in is available in five exterior colors, including the new Clearwater Blue.

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