Toyota brought one of their plug-in hybrid Prius prototypes (earlier post) to the Ride and Drive at EVS-23, which opened yesterday at the Anaheim Convention Center.
|The plug-in Prius in Anaheim.|
Clad in an iridescent finish, the vehicle is one of six in the United States. Four are being tested by Toyota, while UC Berkeley and UC Irvine each have one as part of the Clean Mobility Partnership. A Toyota representative estimated that an additional “dozen or so” PHEV Prius vehicles are being tested by the company in Japan.
The electric drive of the vehicle is powered by two conventional Prius NiMH battery packs in tandem, with custom control software. The configuration simulates the approximate performance and energy capacity of the battery pack that Toyota expects to achieve in the future, according to the company.