Living With a Prius Plug-In Hybrid

If you can recharge your cell phone, you can recharge the Toyota Prius Plug-in. We find it stylish, thrifty and so quiet we can sneak up on sheep.

| GUIDE TO GREEN CARS, Summer 2012

I have a hip new friend. My friend is young, good-looking and fashionably frugal. He’s most comfortable in the big city but works tirelessly to protect nature and the environment. He travels on a tight budget and a tiny carbon footprint. Savvy about the latest technology, he’s totally plugged in.

At least right now he’s plugged in. In a couple of hours I’m going to unplug him and drive him home.

Throughout the fall of 2011 and winter of 2012, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS staff has been testing a prototype of the 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in. Most of that time the new plug-in hybrid has been my main car. He’s been driven halfway across the country from Pennsylvania to Kansas, and then on expeditions across the Midwest and through the Ozarks. We’ve run countless errands together, delivered grass-fed meat from my farm to my customers, and gone back and forth to the airport about 50 times.

The nimble, quiet car is good at herding spooky sheep, as long as you steer clear of mud holes and other slick spots. For a demonstration, check out Herding Sheep in the Toyota Prius Plug-In.

But the bottom line on the Prius Plug-in is that he’s a quintessential city boy. On days when I’m running around town, I use no gasoline at all. I take a jaunt of 5 to 10 miles, then plug the car into my garage outlet. A few hours later, I run another errand. Unless I go well over a dozen miles or exceed 50 mph or so, the car remains a purely electric vehicle. Cool.

When you drain the batteries to about 20 percent of a total charge, the car automatically switches to regular hybrid mode and performs pretty much like a conventional Prius, which doesn’t use grid electricity.

4/15/2015 9:00:07 AM

Hybrid cars are very much productive and efficient in terms of performance. Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid is definitely a nice car and one of my favorites. I had the experience of driving several Toyota models and most of them really are very much comfortable while driving.

Daniel Watkins
6/12/2012 3:49:52 AM

You may have the money to buy this car, used in a few years.

John LeDoux
6/8/2012 10:42:23 PM

Who has the money o buy this car.

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