Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept Car

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept Car

You may remember the past electric cars that were introduced in recent years, which honestly we would rather forget.  Not only are they too expensive for its slow speed, they have been proven ineffective for long-distance driving.  Where would plug your car if you run out of energy?  And if you do find a bulky charging point that is compatible with your just-as-bulky charger, you would have to wait for half-a-day for the batteries to charge.

But tougher times, both economically and environmentally, have triggered several companies to develop a new type of hybrid vehicle:  The Plug-in Hybrid.  Japanese car maker Toyota, for instance, is set to introduce its new electric concept car at the Frankfurt motor show.  On top of that, more than 500 units of its Prius Plug-in Hybrid will be leased to customers from around the world to evaluate its performance as well as monitor driver attitudes and experiences.

The Prius Plug-in Hybrid uses lithium-ion batteries, which can be recharged using an ordinary home electric outlet for around 90 minutes, all while bringing CO2 emissions down to about 60 grams per kilometer.  And when the limit of battery power is reached, usually after 20 kilometers of driving in full electric mode, the system automatically switches into conventional gasoline-churned energy.

And do not worry about the speed, as the Prius Plug-in can run on speeds up to 100 kilometers per hour (or 62 mph) because lithium-ion batteries are lighter and more compact than the nickel-metal hydride battery packs of yore.

We will keep you posted on its actual release.

Image source:  Toyota

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