After using different patterns in motor shows and road tests, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid was released in Japan in December 2009 with one exclusive body color. The Prius Plug-in Hybrid is equipped with a charger plug outlet ahead of the front door and the distinctive logo is located on the lid of the outlet.
Concept model used in test demonstration
since the summer of 2007
Concept model showed in various motor
shows since the autumn of 2009
Prius Plug-in Hybrid introduced into the market since December 2009
The interior is the same as the base model Prius. The bright interior, comfortable seats and user-friendly gauges have all been designed with the driver in mind. In addition, excellent visibility from the driver's seat has been achieved.
As with a conventional Prius, the roomy interior comfortably seats 5 passengers. From drivers who use the Prius Plug-in Hybrid on a daily basis, we have received compliments that "I am rarely fatigued, even on long drives."
Despite the necessity of carrying a large number of batteries to increase the cruising range for running on only the motor with charged batteries, through the adoption of the compact and lightweight lithium-ion batteries that could be placed efficiently under the luggage compartment, more space is available for luggage storage. With room in the luggage compartment for 3 golf bags (9-1/2-inch bags), there is plenty of space to carry everything you need for a family trip or a leisure outing.
Both hybrid vehicles and Plug-in Hybrid vehicles adopted various "by-wire" technologies. Simply put, "by-wire" refers to connected systems that are operated by a combination of electronic and mechanical links instead of just mechanical connections. These are the same advanced systems that are used in airplanes and F-1 racing machines ensuring simple and reliable operation. Controls from the one-push starter, the accelerator and the brakes to the shift lever are all electronically operated.
When you are driving a so-called "eco-friendly-car", it is natural to wonder just how ecologically conscious you are. The Prius Plug-in Hybrid is equipped with ecology contribution display “PLUG-IN effect” that you can enjoy like a video game. This function shows your contribution to reducing CO2 emissions by displaying an increasing number of tree images.