February 5, 2020
As of January 2020, new licensing laws for Private Hire vehicles released by Transport for London (TfL) require PHVs under 18 months old to be zero-emission capable (ZEC) and meet the Euro 6 emissions standard when licensed for the first time. This means that cabbies working in London who wish to buy a taxi for use in the city have a selective list of applicable cabs to choose from. One of these is the Toyota Prius Plug-In.
The Prius Plug-In combines hybrid technology with the benefits of extended electric vehicle driving, resulting in an unforgettable driving experience. Offering up to 122HP, the 1.8L petrol engine allows for 0-62 mpg acceleration in 11.1 seconds. The key benefits of the engine in this car are of course its eco capabilities. As a Euro 6 DG with up to 217.2 mpg* in fuel economy, the Plug-In feature allows for you to optimise fuel efficiency during shifts in urban areas while being able to rely on the hybrid petrol capability when travelling for longer. This allows the obvious monetary savings, and also means that your vehicle creates far lower CO2 emissions than non-hybrid vehicles. This is hugely important in London, the first major UK city to implement ZEC capable requirements for new PH Vehicles being used in the area. Even better, the Prius Plug-In is exempt from the London Congestion Charge, so if you’re driving in the capital during the week, you’ll save £11.50 per day!
* Combined Max WLTP
Inside the Plug-in, a range of superior features help to ensure a luxurious and comfortable feel, both within the driver cabin and throughout the passenger seating. You will be sure that you are physically supported during long journeys with the power-adjustable lumbar support on the driver’s side, and heated seating for both the front seats increase traveller satisfaction. Dual-zone air conditioning is also available throughout.
From a technology perspective, just some of the benefits fitted within the car include an 8″ multi-information display, wireless mobile phone charger, DAB radio, 6 speakers and Aux-in and USB connectors, all of which will augment connectivity and job satisfaction during your shift.
The sleek, distinctive exterior of this car makes it easy to travel in style. Features such as the chic 4-projector LED headlamps, rear combination LED lamps with coloured outer lenses and rear spoiler convey top quality and calibre. Every detail of the exterior works toward the delivery of exceptional style, performance and efficiency, with the model providing exterior assets like smart entry & push-button start, follow-me-home headlights, bi-tone grey & silver alloy wheels and auto-folding door mirrors.
As is publically known in hybrid cars, space is limited, and this car is no exception with the 360L boot capacity. The interior, however, is surprisingly spacious and incorporates a number of clever storage solutions – perfect for cabbies. These include a storage box in the front armrest, driver and passenger seatback pockets, and a sunglasses holder.
The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid comes with a 100,000-mile/five-year warranty, offering great peace of mind. Toyota’s Safety Sense bundle comes as standard across all models, which is packed with technology designed to reduce the prospect of a crash. Features include auto emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist all helping to create a safer driving environment for you and your passengers.
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