Is A Plug-In Car Right For You? - Toyota Parts Blog

Prius Plug-InThere’s a lot of buzz right now about Toyota’s new Prius Plug-In.

The car combines the standard Prius hybrid engine with a new lithium ion plug-in battery.  The car is expected to get an estimated 87 miles per gallon in combined electric/hybrid driving and 49 miles per gallon in hybrid-only mode.

So is a plug-in car such as the Prius Plug-In right for you?  There are of course other options such as the Chevy Volt.  Whatever you choose, you’ll want to remember these important facts.

Most Plug-In Cars Still Need Gas

 

Cars like the Prius Plug-In and the Chevy Volt still use gasoline.  According to CNN Money, the Prius Plug-In can go about 13 miles on battery power alone.  After that, it switches over to the standard hybrid engine.

Charging Takes Time

 

The Prius Plug-In uses a lithium ion battery.  This is similar to the batteries in your cell phones and laptops.  It’s just a lot bigger.  According to Toyota, a full charge takes 2.5 to 3 hours on a 120V household outlet.

Expect To Pay More

 

The Prius Plug-In is going to cost you a little more than your standard Prius.  The Prius Plug-In starts at $32,000.  The standard Prius starts at $23,520.

Expect To Wait

 

There’s already a demand for the Prius Plug-In and it’s not even out yet.  Just like when the first Prius came out, there will probably be somewhat of a wait.

The video above will show you to order a Prius Plug-In.

 

So is a plug-in car right for you?  That’s for you to decide.  The information above should help you make the right decision.

 

If you own a Prius and are looking to get a few more years out of it, be sure to use genuine Toyota parts. Genuine Prius parts will help to ensure your car is in good working order

Written by Tom Blackman