- Oct 4, 2010
Video: Fully Charged drives the plug-in Prius; averages 87 mpg
Plug-in Prius prototype – Click above to watch video after the jump
Back in June, Inside Line rung out the Plug-in Prius prototype and managed a mere 62 miles per gallon. In September, the California Center for Sustainable Energy revealed that its Prius PHV returned a much more remarkable 83 mpg. Recently, Fully Charged's Robert Llewellyn landed his chance to pilot Toyota's plug-in hybrid and he was astonished by the vehicle's mileage gauge, which practically refused to budge from its electronically limited 99.9 mpg. At the end of the 300-mile stint, the Prius' gauge showed an average of 87 mpg. Even more amazingly, Llewellyn claims that he drove the Prius much like he would any other car, which implies that his hypermiling skills or lack thereof weren't put to the test.
To say that Llewellyn walked away in love with the Plug-in Prius would be an understatement. But that's enough sappy talk for now, just hit up the video after the jump. If plug-in hybrids are your cup of tea, then Llewellyn's video review will reinforce your belief that PHEVs represent the next big thing. Hat tip to Chris!