Filed under: Hybrid , Technology , Toyota , Electric Plug-in Prius Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery Toyota has been showing off its plug-in hybrid Prius since it debuted in concept form at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show . The Japanese automaker is getting ready to deliver the 2012 production version, and we just found out that it will have some significant changes over the prototype versions we’ve seen so far. The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle boasts two unique features; a selectable EV driving mode, and the ability to apply recaptured energy to the electric-only driving range. The selectable EV driving mode will be quite useful for trips requiring the use of a highway or that cover longer distances than simple in-town errand running. This will allow Prius PHEV drivers to conserve energy for electric-only jaunts. A button will allow you to turn the EV mode on or off. Any run-of-the-mill Prius hybrid uses regeneration to replenish the battery. In the protoptye PHEVs, no more energy can be recaptured and stored for later use than the regular non-plug-in model. That means there was no way to extend EV-only range without plugging back in. On the production version of the Prius PHEV, the car will be able to take advantage of that regenerated energy, and extend the time the car can spend in EV mode.
Filed under: Car Buying , Hybrid , Hatchback , Toyota , Electric Plug-in Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery If the idea of getting around 83 or 87 miles per gallon in a plug-in Toyota Prius suits your fancy, then get ready to give Toyota your pertinent details on Earth Day. That’s this Friday, April 22nd, by the way, and Toyota announced it will use the event to open up a “Priority Registration Web Site” for the Prius Plug-In. Of course, since this is a limited program, the ordering system will be, well, limited. On Earth Day, “Priority Registration” will start here . This doesn’t mean that you are in line for a Prius Plug-In. Instead, it means that you’re allowed “first access to the Online Order System when it becomes available later in the year.” Still, at least that’s something. Oh, and the Prius will only be available at dealers in 15 launch states – Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington – when it hits the market in spring of 2012. For some reason, online ordering will not be available in Hawaii. See the full press release after the break . Gallery: Toyota Prius PHEV concept [Source: Toyota] Continue reading Toyota Plug-In Prius reservations start on Earth Day (sorry, Hawaii) Toyota Plug-In Prius reservations start on Earth Day (sorry, Hawaii) originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 20 Apr 2011 09:40:00 EST.