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Toyota's new Prius Plug-in doubles its EV range

Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show today, it’s the second generation of the Prius to be available with a plug-in hybrid drive.

Its predecessor, launched in 2012, had a much lower 15.5-mile range and sold in small numbers in the UK, peaking at 509 units in 2013 and accounting for 1,693 UK cars over its four-year sales run.

The new car features a different bodyshell to the recently launched Prius hybrid, but benefits from similar technological upgrades – particularly the more efficient engine and the drivetrain’s prioritising of its electric power to reduce fuel usage still further.

Top speed in fully electric mode has been raised from 51mph to 84mph, and power comes from an 8.8kWh battery pack – twice the capacity of its predecessor. This increases charge times by around 50 minutes, to a total of two hours and 20 minutes.

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