What Is a Plug-In Hybrid?

A Plug-in Hybrid is a hybrid vehicle which can also recharge batteries directly from household electricity as an electric vehicle. It is an evolution through integration of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Utilizing hybrid technology developed over many years, Toyota has increased the secondary battery capacity and extended the cruising range of the electric-motor-only driving mode (EV mode). In addition to reducing CO2 emissions and gasoline consumption as well as contributing to air pollution control, extending the EV mode cruising range also offers the additional economic benefit of reduced total fuel costs, including the cost of gasoline and electricity.

Further savings can be achieved in countries that offer discounted electricity rates when recharging at night. In addition, when recharging using energy generated from solar power, a radical reduction of CO2 emissions stands to be gained.

Because the Prius Plug-in Hybrid “regeneration system” restores electricity from heat energy which was generated from braking or taking the foot off the gas pedal in deceleration at a higher rate than conventional hybrid vehicles, depending on driving technique, a Plug-in Hybrid vehicle can deliver better fuel efficiency than a conventional Prius even with empty batteries.
Additionally, superior fuel efficiency on short trips has been demonstrated, even when driving in hybrid mode with empty batteries, it is possible for the Prius Plug-in Hybrid to have better fuel efficiency than a conventional hybrid. Since of course there are no worries about “running out of electricity”, we reaffirm that even on longer trips; the Plug-in Hybrid vehicle demonstrates its power.

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PHV videos


I’m a Plug-in Hybrid! (1min 34sec)


PRIUS PLUG-IN HYBRID Interview with test driver part 1 (43sec)


PRIUS PLUG-IN HYBRID Interview with test driver part 2 (43sec)


PRIUS PLUG-IN HYBRID Interview with test driver part 3 (42sec)


PRIUS PLUG-IN HYBRID Interview with test driver part 4 (44sec)

PHV magazines

environmental_technology_tcm322-245994PHV magazine Vol1
An Interview with the “Father”
environmental_technology_tcm322-245994PHV magazine Vol2
Preparations are moving forward for the market release
environmental_technology_tcm322-245994PHV magazine Vol3
A brief introduction of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid
environmental_technology_tcm322-245994PHV magazine Vol4
Report from Strasbourg in France
environmental_technology_tcm322-245994PHV magazine Vol5
Smart House Demonstration Project
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A Trial to Gather Driving Data and Reactions from Individual Customers
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A Categorization of Individual Customer Usage Conditions and Driving Data
environmental_technology_tcm322-245994PHV magazine Vol8
Europe’s first production Prius PHV Delivered to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco
environmental_technology_tcm322-245994PHV magazine Vol9
Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Demonstration in France, 2nd Anniversary Event


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