2012 Toyota Prius – Plug-in Hybrid vehicle
Toyota Motors, one of the trusted brands in the auto manufacturing world has stepped forward by introducing the next generation of Prius series to be recognized as Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (Prius PHV). The basic concept of Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle is based on the design of 3rd generation of Prius and will launch as 2012 Toyota Prius PHV most probably. It is labelled as a compact sedan with Toyota’s unique Hybrid Synergy Drive powered with lightweight battery of lithium ion to deliver its electric drive performance to its fullest.
The Hybrid technology associated with the latest 2012 Prius PHV is the combination of regular combustion engine and the light weight lithium ion battery. The combustion engine featuring the DOHC (Double overhead camshaft) technology associated with 1.8 liter and four cylinder mated with 16 valves possesses the capacity to produce 98 horsepower paired with automatic continuous transmission mechanism and the pack of three light weight lithium ion battery weighing about just 330 lbs. Each battery is accompanied with a blower to maintain the battery temperature. Driving just on electric mechanism delivers the speed upto 62 miles per hour. 2012 Prius PHV has the capacity to run over 13 miles with electric mechanism on account of completely charged battery. This depends on the driver’s skills and the speed of the vehicle. The extreme high temperature above 110° F and temperature lower than 20° F will have adverse effect on the performance of lithium ion battery. The lithium ion battery gets completely charged within 3 hours with the household plug of 110 volts. It can even be charged in 1 hour 30 minutes with the plug of 220 volts. Just on electricity the vehicle can cover several miles with the speed ranging from 0 to 60 within 11.0 seconds. If the battery charge gets exhausted, the mechanism automatically switches over to combustion mode.
The architecture of 2012 Prius PHV is completely based on its non PHV predecessor. The spectacular change in latest model is its increased cargo space to accommodate the battery. Like its predecessor the vehicle comes with 5 seat accommodation with 5 doors and hatchback. It will come with a front positioned engine which can work on front wheel drive mechanism. The vehicle is built on 106.3 inches of wheel base and the complete length of 175.6 inches and the curb weight of 3400 lbs. It will come with the standard 15 inch alloy wheels with 5 spokes with the choice to opt for 17 inch alloy wheels with 5 spokes. The front is jewelled with day time running halogen headlamps and the rear with LED taillamps. It is additionally featured with heated side mirrors, moon-roof paired with solar powered ventilation system.
2012 Prius PHV facilitates remote operated keyless entry. The driver’s seat gets 6 way adjustability whereas the front passenger gets 4 way adjustability seats. The vehicle will have heated front seat and all the seats with leather upholstery. The dashboard is equipped with leather wrapped tilt power steering wheel, cruise control system, voice controlled navigation system, iPod and wireless Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, integrated backup camera and a sound system with AM/FM/MP3 4 disc changer and 8 speakers. Additionally, it is attributed with entire range of airbags, seat belts, child safety seat, electric brake-force distribution, antilock brake system and pre-collision system.
Though the exact price tag of Prius PHV is still undisclosed, it is marching ahead to appear in the market by the start of 2012.