Feeds
80%
Toyota Prius 4G

Toyota Prius fourth-generation e-car

Still king of the hybrid hill?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The Prius assumes that that being an environmentally caring type you will be moving away from rest slowly rather than attempting a quarter-mile drag start and so prepares to drive using battery power only. The petrol engine only fires up when you push the throttle pedal down harder to gain speed.

Toyota Prius 4G

Yhe fly-by-wire joystick gear selector and key-less ignition are answers to questions no one is asking

Though basically a parallel hybrid like the Insight's Integrated Motor Assist system, Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive is a rather more complex bag of bolts that enables a greater degree of variation in power flow between the engine, the battery, the electric motor and the drive wheels, including a pure EV mode.

This is what really separates the Prius from the Insight: the EV button on the flying-buttress centre console. Press it and the Prius' petrol engine is taken completely out of the loop and drive comes exclusively from the 80bhp/153lb-ft (60kW/207Nm) electric motor and 13.1kWh nickel-metal hydride battery.

Assuming the battery is fully charged, the EV mode will get you about one and a quarter miles down the road at speeds of up to 32mph before the petrol engine resumes duty. 1.25 miles may not sound like much but if you're canny, you can manage to spend a fair amount of a low-speed urban commute driving in EV mode. And of course it means you can swap cars around in the drive and so forth without using a drop of petrol.

Toyota Prius 4G

Rear legroom? Yes, it has some

When put to the test – by repeated loops of a local supermarket carpark one quiet Sunday morning, if you must know – we actually got an indicated 1.8 miles out of the battery, though admittedly this was at speeds of below 20mph. As with all battery-driven cars the faster you go, the less distance you cover.

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less
'Some might find this idea offensive' boffin admits
SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION
Robot minishuttle X-37B returns after almost 2 years in orbit
LOHAN crash lands on CNN
Overflies Die Welt en route to lively US news vid
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data
Hear that, 'data journalists'? Our analytics prof holds forth
No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer
'Solar sail' demonstrator project binned
America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft
674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE
Fossil find proves it first happened 385 million years ago
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.