This Toyota Prius Prime test was one I’ve been waiting for. A long term test which includes workplace charging. So when I came back to the home office, charged it up. The results were not just consistent. Cause they were continually the same range. 72 miles per gallon.
Mind you this was in the colder temperatures. Temperatures of January and February.
So back in 2017, Car and Driver, who I love their reviews helped me to think through my thoughts. (Meaning just me) so They reported about the lightness of the Prius Prime. That is due to the carbon-fiber hatchback. It’s made at Toyota’s Motomachi plant in Japan. That’s also where the carbon-fiber Lexus LFA supercar came together.
Also, compared with the previous plug-in Prius, the Prime gets double the battery capacity. The new 95-cell, 8.8-kWh battery pack accounts for 265 pounds of the claimed 285-to-365-pound weight gain over the regular Prius as well as a reduction in cargo capacity of roughly 5 or 8 cubic feet, depending on the liftback in question. But it allows up to 25 miles of electric-only driving, 10 more than the previous plug-in and 25 more than the liftback that essentially runs only as a gas-electric hybrid. A smaller, yet higher-powered, onboard charger replenishes the battery more quickly than in the old PHEV, or in 5.5 hours on household 120-volt power or two hours and 10 minutes when fed 240 volts.”
Also in 2017, it won World Green Car.
“It is a great honor to see the Prius Prime named World Green Car,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager of Toyota division. “For global automakers like Toyota, this award is a testament to our focus on developing products that both stir the emotions and meet the mobility needs of our customers in all corners of the world.”