Originally, the name “Prius” meant something like, “to go before.” Toyota chose the name for it’s first mass-market hybrid car to emphasize its gas-electric leadership. Today, Toyota is unveiling the second-generation of the Toyota Plug In Hybrid, and the name might as well mean, “to follow in others’ footsteps.” Say hello to the Toyota Prius Prime.
Starting with the revamped style of the fourth-gen Prius to a new extreme, the Prius Prime adds a bigger battery pack to the new look. The new powertrain means that the Prime can go up to 22 miles in electric mode. That’s about a doubled improvement over the EV range of the first-gen Prius Plug-In, but it’s small potatoes compared to the rest of the plug-in hybrid competition. The Chevy Volt gets 53 miles of EV range, the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid can go 27 miles and even the modest Ford Energi models can go 20 miles. With the new Prius, Toyota is no longer in last place, but it’s certainly not at the head of the pack.
Toyota Prius Prime