The Prius plug-in version is in UK for testing performance. Toyota will be testing the batteries and the charging points. There is about 40 charging points installed by EDF, the Energy company (Electricite de France).
It is possible to recharge the car batteries from any domestic socket. The car is still hybrid model, and you will be able to travel up to 15 miles all electric, and then there is a little gasoline engine to go further and faster. But if you are not in a rush and for short drives, you don’t start the thermical engine at all and you save your money.
When running on electricity, the car is near silent, produces no emissions, and uses no fuel. The batteries takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to fully charge.
EDF plans to make charging points on public roads at car parks.
The testings will continue all year and will help the carmaker to make an improvements and (or) take the decision when to make the car available to the public.