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Monday, November 16, 2009
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
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Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid At Frankfurt's International Motor Show

FRANKFURT, GERMANY - At the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, we photographed Toyota's Prius Plug-In Hybrid Concept Car. Toyota has not yet indicated the exact date for the release of the production plug-in hybrid model, but we estimate that early production versions will probably become available some time in late 2010, or possibly earlier. The plug-in Prius can be charged off a regular household outlet and has a high capacity lithium-ion battery pack to store more electric charge than the current model.

theirEarth's Motoring Editor was able to get the latest specifications for what Toyota is envisioning as their first plug-in hybrid model. The Toyota Prius Plug-In can reach highway speeds on electric power alone and has a larger electric drive motor than today's model. The permanent magnet synchronous motor produces 80 hp (60 kW) and has an incredible maximum torque of 207 Nm. The Prius 1798 cc four cylinder with output power of 98 hp (73 kW) at 5200 rpm and 142 Nm of maximum torque at 4000 rpm is mated to the electric motor in the classis Toyota hybrid-drive system.

Toyota's Prius plug-in concept car uses a lithium-ion battery pack in the place of the current nickel metal hydride on the 2009 model. The engineering target is to have the Prius travel up to 20 km (12.5 miles) on pure electric battery power. Recharging time is planned to be 3 hours off of a 110 V outlet, or 1 hour and 40 minutes off of a 220 Volt home outlet. Toyota engineers plan that the Prius Plug-In will have a CO2 emissions output of 60 g/km when it is finally released to production.

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