Does a hybrid that isn't pluggable sometimes run solely on its battery even if its range is only 1-2km? Perhaps it does this when the vehicle is going quite slowly?
So what is the main advantage of a "non-pluggable" hybrid in comparison to a normal petrol engine? After all, even though it may not count as an EV, it does have, say, a 1.6 kWh battery.
I can reply as I have Prius C. When on driveway, in the garage, backing, or taking off, it never runs on gas, it always goes in EV mode automatically. When parking inside underground garage in CBD it is handy as you do not smell fumes. Consumption for the last few months is 4.1L/100 kms. 28L (tank is 36L) gives you about 700 kms range. When you are sitting in the traffic jam, or at the traffic lights - the ICE engine stops and you take off in EV mode. The main benefit for me is I can make round trip to places which I am frequently visiting where unfortunately there are no EV charging stations, not even planned in the nearest future and you can't make it in a popular Leaf (EV) ..
Thanks very much for your reply. Yes, your vehicle has several advantages when compared with a traditional non EV vehicle and you don't even have to worry about charging up the battery.
However, I wonder whether the Prius plug-in hybrid would provide significant extra advantages over your Prius C?
It says on Toyota's web site that:
"The Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) gives you the option to travel in EV (electric vehicle) mode for up to about 26kms. Normal Prius hybrids can only travel in EV mode for up to 3kms before having to switch to hybrid. The Plug-in Prius has an advanced lithium-ion battery to make this possible. On longer trips the Prius Plug in can use its advanced power regeneration technology to regenerate EV range which will give you extra EV range at the push of a button."
If you only want one vehicle for all your travel needs, I'm not yet convinced that I should buy a "pure electric" vehicle at this stage!