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Toyota Prius - image source Toyoto

Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid

The second generation of the Prius plug-in takes the company a further step in the direction of reducing CO2 fleet emissions. In the further development of the Prius, Toyota took into account change requests from customers who were able to gain experience with the first generation of the Prius plug-in.

The fourth generation - for the first time with a solar roof

Toyota Prius - image source Toyoto

Toyota Prius - image source Toyoto

The new Prius combines two technical world premieres: a solar roof to extend the range was developed, as well as a heat pump that air-condition the passenger compartment before departure. The top speed in electric mode was increased by the developers at Toyota from 85 km / h to 135 km / h and the electric range doubled to 50 km.
The increased range is based on the new lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 8,8 kWh, which was installed under the luggage compartment. A special construction of the crankshaft made it possible to achieve an 83 percent higher electrical drive power for the Prius. The maximum charging power of the battery has also been increased by Toyota from 2,0 to 3,3 kW - the charging time is reduced to just 2 hours when using the Type 3 Mode 2 charging plug.
The design of the Prius plug-in hybrid is based on that of the new Prius. In general, the Prius has become longer, wider and flatter than its predecessor, and a deeper cowl and rear spoiler emphasize the slim silhouette and low center of gravity of the Prius. In addition, a comprehensive aerodynamics package ensures the lowest drag coefficient in its class and therefore maximum efficiency.
With the heat pump installed for the first time, the interior can be efficiently heated or cooled using electrical work. The solar roof generates electricity that charges the solar battery and can thus increase the electric range of the Prius by approx. 5 km per day. During the journey, the solar system then charges the 12 V battery in order to relieve the on-board voltage network.
The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid has a total output of 90 kW (122 hp) and a fuel consumption of 1,0 l / 100 km; the CO2 emissions are 23 g / km. The vehicle will be available in Germany at the end of the year.

Source and images: Toyota

N. Hawthorn
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