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Future Automotive pipeline ‘Toyota Prius prime’

2017_Toyota_Prius_Prime_01.0Looking to create some distance between its garden variety Prius, Toyota debuted an all-new plug-in model called the 2017 Prius Prime. The Prime will have over 600 miles of total range and an electric mpg equivalent rating of at least 120 miles, according to Toyota’s estimates. Regular mpg hasn’t been announced, though the automaker is expecting it to match or beat the normal Prius liftback’s 54 mpg city, 50 mpg highway rating. Total electric and gas range will be over 600 miles. Owners can charge the car in 5.5 hours with a standard plug. A dedicated 240v outlets cuts that time by more than half, according to Toyota. Pure electric range on the Prime is 22 miles. While that’s double the EV range of its predecessor, it lags behind Hyundai’s new Ioniq PHEV, as well the Chevy Volt and Hyundai Sonata PHEV. In Japan, Toyota will be installing solar-panel roofs on the Prius. This technology is being explored for the Prius Prime in the U.S., though no definite plans exist. The Prime goes on sale late this fall — in all 50 states.

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