2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Video Review
The Toyota Prius is one of the most efficient vehicles on sale in the U.S., but there is another version that is even more efficient and that's the Prius Plug-In. Much like the standard Prius, the Plug-In uses Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive which pairs the same gas and electric engine producing a total output of 134 horsepower.
The difference with the Prius Plug-In is the battery. Whereas the regular Prius uses 1.4 kWh NiMH battery, the Prius Plug-In uses a larger 4.4 kWh Lithium-Ion battery. This allows the Prius Plug-In to travel up to 11 miles at speeds up to 62 MPH on electric power alone. Recharging the battery takes about three hours on a 120 Volt charger and 1.5 hours on a 240 Volt charger. The EPA rates the 2013 Prius Plug-In at 95 MPGe when on electric power and 51 City/49 Highway/50 Combined when on hybrid power.
A 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in starts at $32,000 for the base model and $39,525 for the Advanced model. Please note that there is a $2,500 tax credit for the Plug-In. Competitors to the Prius Plug-In include the Chevrolet Volt and Ford C-Max Energi.