Plug-In Prius Prototype Has Room for Improvement

Irish journalist gets to test Prius PHV electric hybrid, but is disappointed by its 'miniscule' electric range.

Published: 24-Jan-2011

SHORTLY before Christmas, an electrician arrived at my home to put a special socket on its own circuit in my garage. It would work off the mains but would enable me to safely charge electric cars.

I was very excited. The house which had been built before there were such things as automobiles would now be ready for the next stage of their evolution. I proudly showed off the socket to visitors and family alike. I could hardly wait until some 12 days ago when I would pick up the first vehicle which I could plug in to recharge.

As so often -- and despite an awful lot of experience -- my enthusiasm didn't prepare me for the eventual let down.


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2010 Plug-in Prius similar to that driven by the author.

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