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Plug-in Prius makes battery power seem ordinary

For me, electric cars are turning from a novelty — “Look guys, I’m charging my car!” — into something more routine and normal.

In the past year, I’ve spent about five weeks driving all kinds of iterations on the electric car that various manufacturers are trying to promote. I used to enjoy driving my kids around the block every time I got an electric vehicle, saying, “Wow, guys, this car doesn’t make any noise! It’s driving on battery power!”

This week, though, while driving the new plug-in version of Toyota’s popular Prius hybrid car, the idea of plugging a car into an electrical outlet, then motoring away silently to work in the morning, seemed oddly mundane.

Part of the reason is that the Prius Plug-In Hybrid is so very familiar, driving almost exactly like the regular ol’ Prius that’s been around for years. The only difference is that it can drive entirely on electric power for up to 11 miles, and at speeds up to 62 mph.


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