Green Car Reports has gotten their hands on a prototype of the 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid and has taken it for a test drive. But there’s not much to report – according to them, it’s just like driving a standard Prius Hybrid. They did find that the new plug-in version runs in electric mode for longer periods and also at higher speeds than the standard Prius, but other than that, the driving aspect is pretty much the same. Soon to come, I’m sure, will be reports on the charging aspect of the new Prius.
Other reviews are starting to come in. Here’s another review from Car and Driver. The overall feeling – “The plug-in Prius goes much further and faster on electricity alone, but remains a Prius in every other respect. Car and Driver also mentions that the batteries can be recharged in 3 hours from a regular household 110-volt plug, or 1 1/2 hours from a 220-volt plug.