The new Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid will cost under £31,000 when it goes on sale in the first half of next year, Autocar reports.
This headline figure does not take into account Government funding through the Ultra-Low Carbon Vehicle grant scheme that could reduce the price to customer by up to £5,000: the Toyota has qualified for grant support by meeting the criteria for plug-in vehicles.
“Prius Plug-in Hybrid will be an exciting and valuable addition to what is already an industry-leading Toyota range that delivers significant financial benefits to companies and company car drivers with advanced and highly efficient models such as Prius and the British-built Auris Hybrid,” claimed Toyota’s general manager of fleet services Ewan Shepherd, before detailing the car’s qualifications for a mere five per cent benefit in kind tax rating for company drivers.
The automaker says that while official consumption numbers are still pending, it predicts the Prius Plug-in Hybrid will emit only 49g/km of carbon dioxide and achieve 134.5mpg UK (equal to 112mpg US or 2.1lt/100km) combined cycle fuel economy (apparently when working in both pure electric and hybrid modes).
As the plug-in Prius has to carry a larger and heavier battery than the normal car there will be a slight effect on the performance figures, but Toyota says it doesn’t expect it to be massively different to the hybrid’s 10.4-second 0-62mph time.
There are around 200 prototype Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) being used in Europe currently, with around 20 in London, in real-world driving situations.