Prius Plug-In Hits 581 MPGe in Germany
You probably already know that the Toyota Prius Plug-In packs more miles per gallon than its gasoline, or even regular hybrid buddies. In fact, the EPA estimates that the Prius Plug-In gets a whopping 95 MPGe combined, thanks to the driver’s ability to plug the vehicle into his or her electricity socket overnight (or whenever) in order to maximize the vehicle’s use of electricity over gasoline. Now, reports show that the Prius Plug-In is even more eco-friendly than we could have imagined. A recent lap around Germany’s famous Nürburgring race track shows the Prius Plug-In hits 581 MPGe when driven slowly and carefully. [ Watch the video below! ]
Auto journalist Joe Clifford was the lucky driver to clock this impressive fuel economy estimate. Clifford took the Prius Plug-In around the 12.9-mile Nürburgring loop, keeping his speed to around 40 mph and using gasoline only when going uphill. The rest of the time, Clifford was able to rely solely on the Prius Plug-In’s electric motor to get him the almost 13 miles. The purpose of this test was to demonstrate the Prius Plug-In’s ability to travel a daily commute using little to no fuel. And with suggestions that Toyota’s hybrid vehicles might become even more efficient in the future, there’s no telling where the Prius Plug-In’s fuel economy will go next.