The Prius name is recognized around the world as being the automotive industry's leader in hybrid technology in addition to overall fuel-economy. Toyota not only developed this technology when the naysayers told them a mass production hybrid was nothing more than a science fair project but they have improved it beyond expectations for the next model year. The new 2017 Toyota Prius Prime in Lima, OH combines everything the automaker has learned about fuel economy and presents those lessons in one groundbreaking package. Toyota expects to start shipping the new Prius Prime to dealerships, like Allan Nott Toyota, later in the fall of 2016.
First time observers of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime in Lima, OH may wonder how the vehicle is powered. Does it use gasoline? Is it a pure electric vehicle? The simple answer to both of those questions is, yes. The same highly efficient 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that has been under previous models of the Prius returns in the 2017 Prius Prime. Also, the lithium batteries of the hybrid system can be charged using a plug-in unit. Among the main reasons this is so revolutionary is that no extra equipment is required to charge the car. The plug-in unit can be used with a standard 120-volt outlet and will replenish the batteries in a little more than five hours. This time can be halved if an owner has access to a 240-volt outlet.
The hybrid and EV technology that comes with the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime in Lima, OH, allows for seamless use of both propulsion systems. For shorter trips or commutes, the 2017 Prius Prime can travel up to 22 miles at speeds reaching 84 miles an hour without using a drop of gasoline. When all of the systems are working together, the new Prius Prime can deliver a total range of about 600 miles. Toyota has also adjusted the exterior dimensions of the 2017 Prius Prime to help with fuel-economy. As was the case in the previous model, the slightly longer and lower stance of the Toyota hatchback helps it slice through wind. New for the Prime version is the addition of automatic Active Grille Shutters. At highway speeds, these shutters will close and help the 2017 Prius Prime gain an even larger aerodynamic advantage over its competitors.