Ask It: Toyota Prius PHV

By Brandon Turkus

December 22, 2010

We received a special delivery this week in the form of a Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. Like the standard issue Prius, power is delivered to the front wheels by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that produces 98 horsepower and 104 pound-feet of torque. An electric motor helps things along, producing an additional 80 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque, resulting in a grand total of 178 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque.

Unlike the standard Prius, our tester is equipped with a plug-in system that can recharge the lithium-ion battery to provide up to 13 miles of pure EV driving. The all-electric mode is usable up to 62 miles per hour, at which point the Prius switches over to a normal hybrid mode. The Li-ion battery can be recharged through a 110-volt outlet in three hours or a 220V outlet in around 90 minutes. We’ll be testing the Prius PHV over the holidays, which means we should rack up lots of miles. Let’s hear your questions on this green machine.