3 Real Reasons The Prius Prime Is Not What We Think It Is
I find it surprising and rather odd that Toyota made a plug in hybrid that supposedly only gets 25 miles of electric driving range. We are talking about the company that brought us the Prius in the first place.
This is the company that overcame massive hurdles to bring us cutting edge technology that has changed the world. So, why are we only seeing this advanced car have such a short range of EV driving? The answer lies in what Toyota is trying to accomplish that most of us are not thinking about.
The Prius Prime Is Meant For More In Town Driving
Toyota, if you are not aware, does some really excellent marketing. They are probably the best car marketing on the planet. They also know who they can sell to, why they can sell to, and when they can sell to their target audience.
Toyota has done some serious recon on figuring out how, where and when people drive. This is one reason the range is so short. According to Toyota, 25 miles is more than enough for many in town drivers, and honestly, thinking about it, I can see how it would be. For a person such as myself, I commute in 17 miles one way. Once I am at work, I have a plug in station where I can charge while I am there. I could pretty much never have to run the gas motor while I am working during the week.
The best part is even if the battery does run out, you have the best hybrid system on the planet to take you anywhere you need to go and at a super fuel sipping 55 mpg.
The Prime Can Go Further If You Know This Tip
What I find most interesting about the range Toyota gives the Prime, is that they tell you it is for up to 84 miles an hour. Just let that sink in for a second. This is a huge deal. What Toyota is not telling you is that you have more distance if you slow down.
For me, this makes perfect sense. My commute is 17 miles at 45 to 55 miles an hour. While there is not any data that says what increase your range, we can for sure take something into account. It is fact that when you drive a regular gasoline car at a lower speed say 55 as opposed to 85 miles an hour you will get better fuel economy.
The thing is no matter whether it is electric energy or liquid energy we are consuming it. The faster we travel the more of it we consume. It only makes sense that Toyota would put such a high rate of speed and cap the limit on the range. This gives owners way more flexibility and also gives them a surprise when they get more range than they thought. Smart move Toyota.
Toyota Is Not Looking To Sell Fully Electric Vehicles, Yet
With the push we are seeing from more automakers to start building a line up of electric vehicles, Toyota has not fully vested themselves just yet. It is not their practice to rush into something without taking the time to research it as much as possible.
If a company like Toyota that has made great strides in the field of alternative vehicles, it would only make sense for them to try and plan out the their future as much as possible. They are looking to make effective and efficient moves. This is for sure one of the ways they are gathering data to support an electric car line up.
I would bet that Toyota has been studying Tesla, Chevrolet, and any other car company that has a fully electric automobile to see how they can make their own and make it better.
The Prius Prime may not be a Tesla killer just yet, but rest assured this car will have some serious data that will support Toyota having more hybrids and an electric line up. The Prime is an incredibly attractive car, it is for sure one that I will have my eye on as I seek to get a new car.
I think this car is a fantastic option for anyone who wants the thrill of an electric car, without the range anxiety. This car is not what it looks, it is so much better.
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He is an automotive technology instructor at Columbia Basin College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter is also an Adjunct Instructor of automotive technology at Columbia Basin College. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter.