Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Specifications
The Toyota Prius Plug in is powered by a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine. The engine is aluminum to decrease weight, and comes with a 16 valve head with variable valve timing with intelligence to increase power output and economy. The engine puts out 98 hp on its own, and 134 hp when combined with the electric motor.
The electric motor in the Prius Plugin Hybrid is a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor with a power output of 80 hp. The electric motor is powered by a lithium ion battery pack with a max output of 38 kW. Battery capacity is 4.4kWh.
All Prius Plugin Hybrid models come with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission that powers the front wheels.
The Cd (coefficient of drag) rating on the Prius Plug-in is 0.25 – slightly lower than the Nissan Leaf at 0.28.
MPG and Efficiency
The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid has received an EPA rating of 95 MPGe and 50 MPG in hybrid mode. Maximum distance on the 4.4kWh lithium ion battery pack alone (pure EV mode) is 11 miles. Recharge time on 120V standard plugin is about 3 hours, or 1.5 hours on a 240V quick charger.
Prius Plug-in Dimensions
Although technically a compact sedan, the Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid still manages to seat 5 people. Cargo space is a generous 21.6 cubic feet with all seats in place.
With a battery pack weight of 176 lbs, the Plug-in Hybrid Prius weighs more than the other Prius models and tips the scales at 3165 lbs curb weight.