A plug-in hybrid is an electric car and a hybrid rolled into one. It is able to recharge its batteries directly from a household electricity supply, just like an electric car. But it can also run efficiently on a petrol engine, like a hybrid, which means you don’t have to be concerned about running out of charge on longer journeys.
Not only does our plug-in Prius leave a lesser footprint on the environment and generally act more efficiently than its conventionally-engined brethren, it actually manages to recycle energy whilst in motion.
Its ‘regeneration system’ captures heat energy generated from coasting without the accelerator applied, and from braking, and converts this into electricity to recharge the battery at a much higher rate than conventional hybrid cars.
This superior efficiency means that on short trips it is possible for our plug-in hybrid to deliver better fuel efficiencies than a conventional hybrid even with empty batteries.