A new list of the 6 Best 2018 EVs compiled by respected automotive and environmental writer, Jim Motavalli for the Sierra Club begins with the Toyota Prius Prime. The Prime is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). That means that not only is it an electric vehicle that can travel to and from work using only electric power, but it can also set out on longer journeys with zero range anxiety. With its 640 mile range before needing energy, the Prius Prime can be a family's primary vehicle, rather than a secondary green car for use only in certain situations.
Motavalli says of the Toyota Prius Prime, "The Prime is a big step up from the first Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid." Motavalli added, "Based on this model's 25 miles of battery-only range, it will save the average commuter $561 a year in fueling costs, compared with driving the average car. With savings like that, the quirky styling will grow on you." We wish to point out that according to the EPA, the Prime actually saves drivers an average of $950 per year, not $561.
The Prius Prime isn't just Mr. Motavalli's top EV pick, the Prius Prime is also the top-selling affordable EV on the market today. And has been for about a year. With dealers delivering Prius Prime cars to new owners in EV targeted markets for under $20K after incentives and discounts, it is also one of the most affordable cars - period.
That affordability does not come at the expense of safety. The Prius Prime is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.