Prime is an adjective that has two different meanings. According to the dictionary, on one hand, it means of the utmost importance, while on the other hand it means of the best possible quality. As a noun, the word signifies when a person is at their best physical and mental state. Given these varying definitions, it is no surprise that Toyota has chosen to call their latest Prius model the Prime, as this version offers the both the highest quality, the most relevant and important features, and it comes at a time when Toyota is in the prime of their production.
When the Prius first hit the scene in the late nineties, it was only available in the Japanese markets and had the distinction of being the very first hybrid vehicle that was being mass produced. It took three more years for the Prius to come stateside and when it did, people weren’t exactly lining up to purchase them. They looked a little bit odd, they didn’t promise tremendous speeds, and the technology surrounding them was incredibly new. The one advantage the Prius had, at that time, was that it was launched at the height of the burgeoning gas crisis, and it offered an incredible gas mileage.
Slated for release at the end of this year, Prime will blend all of the available Prius technology into one super vehicle. With a departure from the traditional Prius styling, the Prime will also feature an all new body that conjures images of some of the sportier and most well-received vehicles on the market. Combining a chargeable EV and the traditional hybrid motor, the Prime will be working hard to break all of the promises the previous Prius models have made, and there will be no looking back.
With a bold focus on aerodynamic design that will further maximize the, already incredible, gas mileage, the Prime isn’t what you’d expect from the Prius line. It looks a great deal more streamlined and less clunky that the traditional Prius models have. They’ve also added in the dramatic effect of LED lights that function on both an aesthetic and an energy efficient level. LED lighting is known to last much longer than traditional bulbs, and costs less energy to run than other lighting sources, while still providing a bright and clear beam that doesn’t impact the safety of the driver.
The Prime technology picks up where other electric vehicles have left off. Many of the others on the market have a lackluster electric range, while the Prime promises a fairly impressive 600 total miles. While the vehicle does require gasoline to run efficiently, driving on a fully charged battery will also increase the miles per gallon, and the range of the vehicle. For the quick jaunts around town and to and from work, the Prime can be used in EV mode, conserving gas and running cleaner, while there are no limitations for longer trips as the vehicle will run without a charge.
So how does it all work? This version of the Prius features a larger battery and a better motor, and together these two entities allow for a greater distance in EV mode, with the surety of a hybrid backup. The Prime requires no additional electrical devices, and will plug in to a standard outlet. It will also reach a full charge in under six hours, but the longer you keep the vehicle charged, the greater the savings will be. By allowing the vehicle to reach full charge, when not in use, drivers are allowing for a greater distance to be traveled in EV mode, thus reducing the amount of gasoline being consumed.
If you’ve shied away from hybrid technology in the past, because the technology was just too new, or if you’ve become curious about the capabilities of an EV car, the Prius Prime is about the shatter all of your expectations. With the ability to reach highway speeds with ease and the smoothness in acceleration that Prius has become known for, the Prime is the perfect vehicle for those looking to take a dip in the hybrid pool. With an estimated 120 MPGe, and a 600-mile range, the Prime is taking doubts about the technology and driving away with them, and they’re not stopping anytime soon.