Toyota’s redesigned Prius is ready for prime time—if prime time means 22 miles of electric-only range.
Replacing last year’s Prius Plug-In Hybrid, the new Prius Prime is more than just a Prius with an electric charging station outlet.
Those figures are supported by what Toyota anticipates will be a 120 mpge rating, i.e. the distance the car can travel electrically on the same amount of energy that is contained in a single gallon of gasoline. That figure represents the highest mpge rating for any plug-in hybrid currently on the road, if it is certified as such.
After its 22 mile electric range is exhausted, the Prime is said to operate like any standard Prius. Toyota estimates its EPA mpg rating in non-fully electric mode will be the same as the standard model’s 52 mpg combined rating.
This is all possible due to the new car’s 8.8-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which Toyota says can be charged in about 5.5 hours using a household outlet. A 240-volt Level 2 charger will cut that time in half.
Inside, the Prius Prime gains an enormous, Tesla-esque display in its center stack. For now, that feature is exclusive to the Prius Prime, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Toyota expand its availability to other models in the near future.