Plug In Prius

Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHV) combines the benefits of a standard Prius with extended electric vehicle (EV) driving that is more affordable compared to pure electric vehicles.

In late 2009, Toyota began a partnership and demonstration program which delivered 600 Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicles to companies and research universities such as Xcel Energy’s SmartGridCity program in Boulder City, Colorado, Quadcom, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, South Coast Air Quality Management District, University of California Berkeley, and Portland State University. The intent was to allow Toyota to gather in-use driving feedback, understand customer expectations for plug-in technology, and to ensure the vehicle and its battery meets customer’s expectations.

The Prius PHV is expected to market in 2012.