Plug-In Prius Demonstrates Battery of Positive Points

USA Today automotive columnist James Healey takes Toyota's plug-in Prius prototype for a drive and shares his impressions, finding the technology 'very promising', but wondering how soon and how much?

Published: 20-Jan-2008

Seventy-one miles per gallon.

That's what the trip computer read after a 4-mile loop through downtown and a short freeway blast in a prototype of the Toyota (TM) Prius plug-in hybrid.

Skip the freeway run, go lighter on the throttle downtown and the reading could have been infinite, because the car would have stayed entirely on battery power, never tapping its gasoline engine for help.

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