Is the New Prius Prime a Hybrid or Electric Car?
The Prius is arguably the most popular hybrid in the world, but those who aren’t up-to-date on the latest Toyota models may not know about its new electric sibling, the 2017 Prius Prime. The most technologically advanced and innovative of the Prius line so far, the Prius Prime represents a turning point for the new generation of eco-conscious cars.
Does the Prius Prime Use Gas or Electricity to Go?
The short answer? It uses both. The long answer? It depends on where you want to go. The 2017 Prius Prime utilizes two energy sources, fuel and battery, and whether you are taking a quick trip to the grocery store or going on a cross-country adventure determines which energy source the Prime will utilize. The Prime is able to go a distance of about 25 miles on a full charge, so you’re in luck if your commute is local. Just switch into electric and be sure to keep your battery charged, and you’ll hardly have to use a gas pump again!
On the flip side If you’ve got a long commute ahead of you, the new Prius Prime will switch into hybrid mode, making the engine primarily use fuel but still being guided by the electric motor. Hybrid mode may use gas, but you will still be getting the most efficient ride possible with an EPA-estimated 55 city/53 highway/54 combined MPG. The Prius Prime can recognize when you will be primarily using the electric motor or when you need fuel by memorizing driving patterns, ultimately switching the mode itself for maximum efficiency.
The 2017 Prius Prime is truly the car of the future, and its arrival is not too far away. If you would like to be one of the first to test drive the 2017 Prius Prime, be sure to call us at Bill Alexander Toyota in Yuma, AZ and set up a test drive.