There’s a lot of buzz about Toyota’s 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