Compared to the last Prius plug-in hybrid, the Prius Prime is not only more efficient, but can also travel twice as far in electric mode – 22 miles. The Prius Prime is powered by the same 1.8L hybrid powertrain as the standard Prius hybrid, but a larger 8.8 kWh battery pack allows for a longer electric driving range. The Prius Prime will also feature Toyota’s new dual motor generator drive system that uses both the electric motor and the generator to boost acceleration performance.
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With a 22-mile driving range, the Prius Prime still can’t travel as far as the Chevy Volt in electric mode, but recharging the Prius Prime will take 5.5 hours using a standard 110-volt outlet and less than half that time with a 240-volt source. Toyota estimates that the Prius Prime can travel over 600 miles if the 11.3-gallon tank and battery are fully charged.
From a styling standpoint, the Prius Prime stands out a bit more than the last Prius plug-in hybrid. From the front, its quad LED headlights will help guide your way at night and the rear also boasts some unique styling touches. Inside, a new 11.6-inch HD tablet display mimics the display in the Tesla Model S. The 2017 Prius Prime is expected to arrive this fall.
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