Prius v Hybrid Electric Car Redux Sits Well with Customers

All About the Hybrid Synergy Drive

The Prius v, considered the minivan or larger Prius seems to be picking up steam in customer acceptance.  As a SULEV with Tier2 Bin3 emissions standards still includes a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. This is still the same as in the Prius liftback, but with a cooling duct located under the rear seat.

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Like the Prius liftback, the Prius v presents the driver with the choice of four driving modes:

NORMAL, POWER, ECO and EV.
POWER modes enhances mid-range response for better performance on slopes and mountainous terrain. ECO mode adjusts throttle input and climate control to maximize fuel economy. In EV mode, the Prius can drive on battery power alone at low speeds for about a mile under certain conditions.

As in other Toyota hybrids, the Prius v uses regenerative braking to recapture electrical energy under deceleration, sending it to the battery, which helps reduce fuel consumption.

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The climate control system uses an electrically driven compressor, so the air conditioning can run even when the gasoline engine shuts off, as it does under certain conditions in normal driving.

The available single LED projector low and high-beam headlights enhance visibility while reducing electric draw and are designed to be virtually maintenance free for the expected life of the vehicle.

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Source: Toyota

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