I am new to electric vehicles was not completely clear on the cable standards, charging options and overall practicalness of owning a Plugin Hybrid vehicle.
The Prius Plugin 2014-2016 is based on the generation 3 shape of the Toyota Prius, I think it looks ok but I know it is not universally appreciated.
The Prius Plugin has a plugin port which is knows as Type 1, that is with 5 pins. The car is supplied with a 3 pin (UK) plugin “dolly” cable with a transformer?? at one end to plug in to your home supply. The Type 1 port is under the silver chrome petrol style cap.
The cap is quite nice, when you press to release, a small light comes on 🙂 Simply plug the cable into the car and plug in to the mains supply and the car will start charging – indicated by an orange plug light directly above the port.
The problem is, when you are out and about, most of the supply points are type 2 and not 3 pin. Some are still 3 pin such as at Heathrow Airport but I have noticed that they are all moving over to Type 2 and Rapid Charger.
Type 2 charge is a 7 pin connector, not compatible with the Prius Plugin but you can buy a cable with type 2 at the supply end and type 1 at the car end.
The cable I purchased is this one, it cost me £125 which was around the going rate at the time. I read the reviews and it seemed like a good quality robust cable. I was tempted to go for a longer cable than the standard 4.5m as I had pictures of being caught short if the plugin port is on the opposite side of the charger. This has only happened once since I have owned my car and was resolved by placing the cable on top of the car.
If you have a larger vehicle you may want to consider the 7.5 or 10m cable but remember that these will require more storage space and will be heavier. The Prius Plugin has a small compartment in the boot for the supplied cable and plenty of space for this cable plus a 5m waterproof 3pin extension cable I made – never had to use it.
Read my post on practical tips living with a Prius Plugin. I am not overly exuberant about cars but I have enjoyed my experience so far with my Prius Plugin Hybrid electric vehicle (Prius PHEV). (Coming soon)