2017 Toyota Prius Prime EV Proving Perfect Long-Distance Commuter Car
The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is proving to be a very popular green commuter car. In addition to outselling the Chevy Bolt and both Tesla models in the last two months, the Prius Prime has a shot at being the top-selling EV in America if it can just pull ahead of the popular Chevy Volt. This should be no surprise to Toyota Prius fans, who know that the Prius is the top-selling green car on the planet, now and since its introduction.
Our most recent evidence of the Prius Prime's success as a green commuter comes courtesy of Facebook Prius Owner's Club member Jesse. Jesse's own Prius just passed the quarter-million-mile marker. He enjoys talking up other Prius owners and spotted the vehicle above and its owner in Milford, Massachusetts at Waters Corporation. Waters is a life-sciences company that has been in business for a half-century in the Massachusetts area.
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Talking to the owner, Jesse learned that the car helps her with her 55-mile, interstate commute each day. She charges the Prius Prime up at home, and then plugs in again at work, making the most of the Prime's 25 miles of all-electric range. The Prime can recharge fully in under five hours on normal 110-volt power, or in about two hours on a level 2 charger. What struck us as important was that, aside from the more expensive Chevy Bolt, there are no affordable EVs that can handle this owner's commute. The distance is just too long. Even the Bolt offers less than half the total driving range of this Prius Prime.
With the Prius Prime's 133 MPGe fuel economy, it is one of the most efficient EVs on the planet. When the electric range has been fully utilized, it switches to a 54 MPG hybrid and can go a further 615 miles on its fuel. Were the charger for some reason unavailable, it wouldn't pose any problem at all for this long-distance green commuter.
Jesse learned from the owner of this Prius Prime that she and her husband have previously owned a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid, as well as a 2009 and 2013 Toyota Prius.
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