Toyota’s redesigned Prius could put more drivers behind the wheel of a hybrid vehicle – FutureCar | CarTailz

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The redesigned Toyota Prius.

Long before electric car maker Tesla came along, Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp launched the hybrid Pruis in 1997, making it the world’s first production hybrid vehicle.

Over the years, Toyota has sold over 5 million Prius models and has been a key lower-emission vehicle in the automaker’s lineup. However, as more exciting electric vehicles emerged, like the Tesla Model 3, Model Y, and Hyundai’s battery-powered IONIQ 5 SUV, the aging Prius lost some of its appeal.

Now Toyota has completely redesigned the Prius and its sleek looks and performance could get more drivers behind the wheel of a hybrid vehicle. The Prius may also attract buyers looking for a cheaper alternative to buying an all-electric vehicle.

The Pruis will be available in two models. The series parallel hybrid (HEV) models will be launched in the winter of this year and the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models in the spring of 2023. The Prius will be launched first in Japan, then in North America, Europe and other countries around the world.

Parallel hybrid powertrains use both an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor connected to a mechanical transmission to increase fuel efficiency. The distribution of power between the combustion engine and the electric motor is electronically controlled.

The redesigned Prius, equipped with Toyota’s new 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid system, offers improved acceleration and smoothness compared to the previous model. While the HEV model features a highly efficient Dynamic Force motor and lithium-ion batteries to achieve a maximum system output of up to 164 kW while maintaining the same fuel efficiency as the previous model, Toyota says.

The HEV model is also equipped with Toyota’s latest E-Four (electric all-wheel drive) system. According to Toyota, it includes a high-performance motor for improved uphill performance on low-friction road surfaces such as B. snow-covered roads, as well as greater stability when turning. It offers improved acceleration with the same fuel efficiency as the previous model. The maximum system output for this model is 144 kW for the 2.0-liter version, which Toyota says is 1.6 times higher than the previous model.

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The Toyota Prius PHEV model.

One of the biggest improvements is the Prius’ all-electric range. According to Toyota, the electric vehicle’s range of 25 miles is about 50% longer than the previous Prius model. The upgraded lithium-ion battery allows the Prius to power most daily drives in EV mode alone. For eco-conscious drivers, it offers a zero-emission transportation option for shorter journeys.

The PHEV Prius models are equipped with a solar charging system that generates electricity equivalent to driving up to 1,250 km per year from the sun. The electrical energy generated when stationary is used to charge the drive battery or to operate the air conditioning system. During driving. The solar charging system is designed to supplement the vehicle’s auxiliary battery system.

The new Prius is based on Toyota’s second-generation TNGA platform, which allows for a lower center of gravity and the fitting of larger tires to further improve handling.

Toyota also added additional reinforcements throughout the body to increase rigidity. The front suspension uses a McPherson strut setup, while the rear features a double wishbone setup. The suspension provides stability when driving straight ahead and improved handling when cornering. Toyota says it delivers “engrossing driving performance”.

All Prius models come standard with Toyota’s active safety package, Safety Sense, with expanded and enhanced features. The range of recognizable objects has been further expanded and enables carefree driving pleasure. It comes with a Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection that uses an integrated camera and radar system. It was designed to reduce the likelihood of a slow-moving car colliding with a pedestrian.

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The new Prius can also park itself. It features Advanced Park with a remote function for easy automatic parking after exiting the vehicle. The function can be operated with Toyota’s dedicated smartphone app. It allows the Prius to maneuver into and out of tight spaces while the driver is outside the vehicle.

Another unique feature of the new Prius is “My Room Mode”. It allows passengers to operate the air conditioning and audio systems from the external power source by turning on the power switch while charging, making the interior more comfortable. A uniquely designed external power connector fits over a partially open window to prevent rain and insects from entering the cabin while the external cable is plugged in.

Users can also choose from an external BEV power supply mode that only uses power from the battery without having to start the engine.

Toyota has been criticized for not rolling out all-electric vehicles like other automakers are doing, including General Motors and Volvo, both of which plan to phase out ICE passenger cars by 2030.

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Toyota’s 2030 electrification strategy includes a mix of all-electric, hybrid and fuel cell powered models. The automaker announced its revamped plans to rapidly electrify its model range in January. These plans include a commitment to invest 8 trillion yen ($70 billion) by 2030. Half of that would go toward developing new electrified models.

The updated plans are part of Toyota’s long-term strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda said BEVs, which include vehicles like the Prius, represent one of the most promising options to reach the goal of carbon neutrality.

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