If you hybrid newbies are wondering how it all works, it takes up to three hours to charge the car and it can travel on electric-only power at speeds of up to 62 mph for about 13 miles. Then it shifts to operate as a conventional Prius hybrid, averaging an estimated 50 miles per gallon. The new Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles are part of a pilot program between Zipcar and Toyota to demonstrate plug-in hybrid technology, evaluate performance and help educate the public.
To try out one of the hybrids, you have to become a Zipcar member before your stay. You can join Zipcar for $50, normally $85, and get it all back in driving credits by visiting the Zipcar website and using the promotional code intercon50 when signing up.