Toyota has been teasing us with prototypes of its Prius Plug-in Hybrid at auto shows and other events as well as in widespread trials across Canada for a couple years.
Now, it can finally be purchased by the public.
Available through Toyota dealerships across the Canada, at a suggested retail starting price of just $35,700, before any government credits or incentives, the Prius Plug-in has the lowest starting MSRP of any plug-in hybrid in Canada.
Applicable government incentives available in certain provinces can be as much as $5,092, the company says.
"We welcome our first plug-in vehicle – and sixth hybrid – to the Toyota brand," said Tony Wearing, Senior Managing Director at Toyota Canada. "The 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid delivers plenty of room for people and cargo, the fastest recharging time of any plug-in vehicle on the market today (and) impressive fuel efficiency and electric-only range.
The Prius Plug-in and its third generation Hybrid Synergy Drive technology – proven in more than four million vehicles around the globe – was extensively tested in Canada, undergoing more than two years of real-world field trials as part of a global testing program.
Feedback from these trials helped Toyota engineers optimize the Prius Plug-in’s driving and ownership experience, the company says.
Identical to the non-plug-in Prius in most respects, the Plug-in Hybrid provides room for five adults and up to 446 litres of luggage space.
Standard features include: remote air conditioning system with automatic temperature control, heated front seats, display audio with navigation and unique aluminum alloy wheels.
An available Technology Package adds features such as radar cruise control and auto-leveling LED headlamps.
With a powerful and lightweight lithium-ion battery pack, it can be fully charged in as little as 90 minutes, when connected to a 220-volt dedicated outlet, or three hours when plugged into to a normal 110-volt dedicated 15 amp outlet.
The vehicle typically starts off using only electric power and automatically switches to its full hybrid gasoline-electric system once the battery is depleted so its range is not limited by battery capacity.
The official fuel-consumption rating for the Prius Plug-in is 2.0 Le /100 km (city/highway combined) and it has a nominal all-electric range of up to 25 km in city driving. That means customers with short commutes can potentially operate in electric mode all the time without using any gasoline.
The Prius Plug-in is said to be capable capable of driving on electric power alone (EV mode) up to 100 kilometres per hour.