The Toyota Motor Corporation is launching a new line of Prius Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) models in Japan, starting from March 15th. The new Prius models are designed under the “Hybrid Reborn” concept, which emphasizes a unique design to enhance the driving experience while maintaining the car’s environmentally friendly position.
The new Prius PHEV models come with the latest plug-in hybrid system, including a compact, high-capacity drive battery, high-output drive motor, and high-efficiency gasoline engine. The PHEV external power supply system enables it to supply power in various scenarios.
The PHEV offers outstanding quietness and brisk motor-based driving performance like a battery electric vehicle (BEV). Additionally, on longer drives, the engine supplements battery power and ensures the cruising range required for traveling long distances comfortably.
The new Prius PHEV offers dynamic performance with a maximum system output of 164 kW (223 PS) of power. The car has a fuel efficiency of 26.0 km/L1 with 19-inch tires and 30.1 km/L1 with 17-inch tires.
It is based on the latest fifth-generation hybrid system, which combines a compact, high-capacity drive battery and high-output drive motor in Toyota’s first use of its newly developed 2.0-liter Plug-in Hybrid System.
The new Prius PHEV model has a unique feature of the HEV external power supply mode, which can use the car as a power supply during blackouts, disasters, and other emergencies.
It comes with both a BEV external power supply mode and an HEV external power supply mode, with the latter using the engine to supply electricity once the remaining power falls to a set level. The vehicle has a full tank of gas and a fully charged battery, and this system can provide enough electricity for about five days of use.
The new Prius PHEV is equipped with a second-generation solar charging system that efficiently converts solar energy into electricity, providing enough power to drive up to 1,250 km per year in BEV mode.
Toyota is working on the all-round development of electric vehicles, including PHEVs and hydrogen engines, to achieve carbon neutrality and provide a range of options to customers worldwide. Toyota aims to continue to offer customers cars that they will cherish as their car of choice for generations to come.