Frankfurt Awaits Debut of 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Toyota is ready to debut the upcoming 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid next month at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.

Toyota is preparing to unveil the upcoming 2012 Prius plug-in hybrid next month at Frankfurt. The new plug-in version of the highly successful hybrid will showcase a combined fuel consumption figure of 106 mpg. The new version will feature the Japanese automaker's new Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology, or PHEV, which will be matched to their Hybrid Synergy Drive System it has been using on the standard Prius for several years now.

The new PHEV system will allow the Prius to be driven further in EV mode than the standard version, with a potential range jacked up a few more miles. Speeds of 62 mph can be reached while in EV mode. Part of this extended range capability is thanks to a new lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged in about 90 minutes using a 240V outlet or around three hours using a 110V outlet (about the same time you've finished watching a movie, the Prius is ready to go). Toyota says the new plug-in hybrid will offer a combined overall range of approximately 475 miles by using both EV and normal hybrid modes.

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After the launch of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and the fully electric Nissan Leaf, Toyota had no choice but to complete development of the plug-in Prius in order to remain competitive in the market. The upcoming 2012 Toyota Prius PHEV will go on sale internationally during the first half of next year, until then, its debut Frankfurt awaits.