Toyota’s new Prius Plug-in delivers distinct advantages in terms of its extended all-electric driving range, exceptionally low CO2 emissions and, when running in full hybrid mode, excellent fuel economy. Not only do these contribute to strong environmental profile, they also support competitive day-to-day running costs for motorists.
As Prius Plug-in arrives in the UK, there is no other car on the market that exactly matches the benefits offered by its Hybrid Synergy Drive full hybrid powertrain: it offers the near-silent, zero emissions performance of an electric vehicle, being able to run on its lithium-ion battery for around 15.5 miles at speeds up to 51mph. When battery charge runs low, the car’s full hybrid system – which includes a highly efficient 1.8-litre petrol engine – takes over, so the driver doesn’t have to worry about whether the car has enough power to reach its destination.
TOYOTA PRIUS PLUG-IN
|OTR price (including £5,000 OLEV grant)
|Cost to charge
|Cost per mile electricity
|Number of seats
|Whole life costs over 3 years/60,000 miles**
* Data provided by JATONet
**Data calculation by Kwikcarcost
Independent car data specialist Kwikcarcost rates Prius Plug-in a strong proposition for company car drivers in terms of cost-per-mile. TheToyota comes in at 60.45p, stronger than many competitors.
For company car drivers Prius Plug-in attracts a five per cent benefit-in-kind tax rating for the first three years, rising to 13 per cent in year four. For fleet operators it benefits from a 100 per cent write-down allowance in the first year. And for all owners, the 49g/km CO2 figure means there is no annual road tax (VED) bill to pay, plus exemption from the London congestion charge.
PLEASE NOTE, ABOVE FIGURES HAVE BEEN RESTATED. PREVIOUS DATA INCLUDED ERRORS THAT HAVE NOW BEEN RECTIFIED.