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USA: Test drive: 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in

After waiting in line for over a year, many Prius Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle (PHV) buyers around Phoenix are finally taking delivery of the newest hybrid baby from Toyota. The newest member of the Prius family of cars adds a second battery that can be charged from your electric outlet to boost its range and efficiency.

We tested a sparkling new Clearwater Blue Metallic 2012 Prius PHV this week to see what all the hubbub was about. We plugged it in for a charge each night and drove it in our daily slog around town and on the highway, finishing up with a tidy 61.5 mpg average for the week. Not bad.

The concept is simple. You plug it in for a 3 hour charge on your 120V outlet which gives you about 12 miles of electric-vehicle (EV) range at speeds up to 62 mph. Once that range is depleted the PHV goes back in to a normal Toyota Prius hybrid driving mode.


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