2020 Prius Prime: The Hybrid You Can Charge

July 25th, 2019 by

2020 Prius Prime

The plug-in hybrid that’s changing the hybrid Toyota experience.

The 2020 Prius Prime is game-changer for Toyota and its already impressive hybrid lineup. But many consumers want to know what differentiates the Prius Prime from the other Prius models so we decided to answer that question plus a few more!

  1. How is the Prius Prime different from the other Prius models? Prius Prime works similarly to a standard Prius, but with an increased EV (Electric Vehicle) Mode driving range (running on the electric motor only), more powerful electric motors and enhanced fuel efficiency. It continues to set itself apart with a completely unique front and rear design. The advanced Quad-LED projector headlights, LED taillights and signals help light the night in a most dramatic and efficient fashion. The aerodynamically formed rear glass and hatch represents another leap forward. The carbon-fiber-reinforced-polymer construction is a Toyota first and results in a lightweight, easy-to-lift hatch.
  2.  What is a Plug-In Hybrid? A plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV) is similar to Prius, but with a larger battery and more powerful motors that allow it to run much longer in full EV Mode. You are in control and able to use less gas if you choose to plug it in either at home, at work or at a public charging station. If you don’t want to plug it in, no problem, you can still drive the car in hybrid mode with great fuel economy.
  3. Do I need to plug in the Prius Prime to use it? No, but it is generally advantageous to keep it charged. Depending on your electricity rate, you could save money by plugging it in. The more often you keep Prius Prime fully charged (at home, work or anywhere with a public charging station), the greater your gasoline fuel savings will be.
  4. How does the Prius Prime work? Prius Prime uses a series-parallel hybrid system, which means it can drive the wheels using both electric motors and/or its gas engine. If the battery is fully charged, Prius Prime runs on the electric motors only. When the battery runs out, it operates like Prius, using both the gas engine and electric motors to drive the car as they are needed and available.
  5. Do I need gas in the Prius Prime tank? You should never drive Prius Prime without gasoline in the tank. While, under certain conditions, you may drive on electricity alone, the vehicle always requires gasoline to operate properly.
  6. How long does the Prius Prime battery take to charge? Prius Prime’s battery can be charged in less than 5 hours and 30 minutes by plugging the included charging cable into a standard household outlet. When using a public charging station (240V), Prius Prime can be fully charged in approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes.
  7. What is the expected driving range of the Prius Prime? Prius Prime has an impressive EPA-estimated total driving range of 640 miles and an EPA-estimated EV Mode range of 25 miles if only recharging once. If Prius Prime is kept fully charged, it allows the driver the ability to save and potentially use less gasoline, yet still have the total driving range and efficiency expected from a Prius.
  8. Does the 2020 Prius Prime have any special features? 
    • Prius Prime is loaded with innovative tech like it’s available 11.6-in. multimedia display that uses intuitive pinch, zoom, tap and swipe gestures that mimic the smartphone experience while giving you easy access to the features that matter most.
    • Now with Apple CarPlay compatibility and the Toyota+Alexa app.
    • The Prius Prime comes with Toyota Safety Sense that includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams. Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are available on Limited grade models.
    • The 2020 Prius Prime also comes available with Intelligent Clears Sonar with Intelligent Parking Assist which helps you navigate and conquer those difficult parking situations. Prius Prime will automatically control the steering wheel, while you control the acceleration and brake pedals, and help guide you into an open space.
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