Is 136 MPGe Possible with Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid?

By · September 13, 2012

Toyota Prius Plug-In

In the hands of the right individual, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is capable of returning an impressive 136 MPGe. Of course, it takes just the right driving cycle and a careful foot on the accelerator pedal.

As everybody knows, your mileage may vary. But Toyota is keen to point out that one Prius Plug-in owner is consistently getting 136 MPGe. "I commute 31 miles each way to work," said Bay Area PIP-driver Rich Stephens. "I have put about 4,000 miles on my Prius Plug-in, equally split between gas and EV, and so far the average mileage shown on the computer is 136 MPGe. With a full charge, my estimated EV range on the dash started at 12.9, dipped slowly to 11.3 as I was learning how best to drive, but has gone back up now to 12.5 miles and continues to climb. In the mornings, even when it is cool, I can drive more than 14 miles in EV mode on the freeway."

Other owners are reporting up to 120 MPGe, which isn't bad for a vehicle that's officially rated at 95 MPGe. But it's the Prius Plug-in's ability to return 50 miles per gallon (combined) in hybrid mode that has most owners most excited. This means that even when electricity is depleted, the plug-in Prius is a very fuel-efficient gas-burning vehicle.

According to Toyota, sales of the Prius Plug-in have exceeded 6,000 units in its first six months on the market here in the US.

With 6,000 units tallied, Toyota is ready to taunt its plug-in competitors. The company said that half-year sales of the Prius Plug-in far exceed that of the Chevy Volt (2,745 units sold in its first six months) and the Nissan LEAF (3,875 units). Toyota claims that it offers a more competitive, complete and accessible package, earning customers due to the Prius Plug-in Hybrid's "fuel economy, how the Plug-in dispels range anxiety of pure electrics and the value that the Prius Plug-in represents."

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