2010 Toyota Plug in Prius

Adam Crawford from the University of Toyota talks about the differences between the 2010 Toyota Plug-in Prius and the regular Prius.

The cargo threshold has been raised to hold the lithium-ion battery pack.

Crawford talks about the cooling system for the battery pack. Toyota has three separate blowers for the intake. Cool air blows in under the back seat and warm air blows out the back.

There are 42 different temperature gauges on the car for the battery.

Crawford shows me where the surge protector is in the car.

I ask Crawford, if you have the plug-in electric cord plugged in the car will it start?

We went for a drive afterwards and Crawford walked me through the car’s charging and state of charge.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.