Driving Cross Country in a 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Prototype

| 10/18/2011 11:34:02 AM

Tags: Plug-in Prius, Seven Springs 2011, Caleb Regan, Christian Williams,

Immediately following the 2011 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, my colleague Christian Williams and I were given the opportunity of driving cross country in the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype. We drove the Plug-In Prius from Seven Springs to Lawrence, Kan., home of Bryan Welch, Publisher and Editorial Director of Ogden Publications.

Once back in Kansas, the plan being that Bryan would put the hybrid plug-in car through its paces and offer our feedback to Toyota. (See Test Driving Toyota's 2013 Prius Plug-In and Loving It.)

Being a farm kid from southeast Kansas and a city boy from Chicago, we never imagined myself driving an electric car back from the East Coast – that's part of what makes our jobs great.

Cindy Knight, public affairs manager with Toyota, offered us a quick tutorial on the inner workings of the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid:


We would become very familiar with recharging the car in the following two days:

11/11/2011 10:29:21 PM

You have to change these batteries after 6 to 7 years. How much is that going to cost?

Jerry Blank
10/22/2011 12:20:59 PM

47 mpg? My 2008 Prius gets 49-52! Whassup!?

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