Toyota Prius Prime Debuts In Europe (Including Set Of Video Presentations)

OCT 4 2016 BY MARK KANE 6

Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota Prius Prime

The original Plug-In Prius didn’t succeed in Europe like it did in North America, as only about 10,500 were sold in Europe (roughly a fourth of the amount moved in the US) out of over 75,400 total.

But as Toyota’s hybrids are getting more popular in Europe, the second generation plug-in – the Prius Prime which debuted this week at the 2016 Paris Motor Show will definitely be more well received.

For Europe specific, Toyota is switching to European Type 2 charging inlet (instead of Type 1, aka J1772 for all the markets in the first generation).  That would suggest that any all-electric model with DC charging in the future could be equipped with CCS Combo (based on the Type 2 in Europe).

Toyota Prius Prime quick spec:

  • up to 25 miles (40 km) expected all-electric EPA range (31 miles / 50 km NEDC) via a 8.8 kWh battery (top speed up to 84 mph/ 135 km/h in EV mode)
  • 120 MPGe fuel economy rating
  • Full recharge in 5.5 hours using a standard household outlet. Charging takes less than half the time with a 240V source (3.3 kW in U.S.). (In Japan also with CHAdeMO)

TOYOTA Prius PHV | Freedom from limits

TOYOTA Prius PHV | Iconic Human-Tech

TOYOTA Prius PHV | Emotional and Intelligent Eco-tech

TOYOTA Prius PHV | Product Introduction “The PHV”

TOYOTA Prius PHV | Solar Charging System

TOYOTA Prius Prime At The Paris Motor Show

PRIUS PLUG-IN HYBRID
The New Benchmark in Fuel Efficiency

Combining all the attributes of the new, full hybrid, TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture)-platformed, fourth generation Prius with a class-leading all-electric EV driving mode range, and showcasing several highly innovative new technologies, the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid makes its European debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota Prius Prime

Paris, France –  Toyota was the first company to offer the world PHV (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle) technology. Today, with the launch of the second generation Prius Plug-in Hybrid, it is taking a further step towards its goal of reducing whole fleet CO2 emissions by 90%* by 2050 through the use of HV (Hybrid Vehicle) PHV, EV (Electric Vehicle) and FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) technologies.

A powerful response to customer feedback on the first generation Prius Plug-in Hybrid, Toyota’s new PHV is not only a significant evolution of the latest generation Prius, but also a truly unique vehicle in its own right.

It features numerous sophisticated technological breakthroughs, including a Dual Motor EV drive system, a battery warming system and two world firsts – EV range-extending solar roof, and gas injection heat pump auto air-conditioning.

With an EV range doubled to over 50 km and maximum EV speed increased from 85 to 135 km/h, the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid represents a huge leap forwards in efficiency, driving performance, innovation and styling, whilst remaining true to Toyota’s goal of creating the ultimate eco car.

State-of-the-Art PHV Technology, Impressive EV Driving Experience

At the heart of the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid is the latest generation of Toyota’s advanced PHV technology. It offers customers two cars in one; an even more sophisticated full hybrid powertrain and a real, all-electric EV driving experience with double the range of the previous generation model.

This significant increase in EV driving range is based on technological improvements in three key areas: optimum battery development, maximising EV driving performance and increasing recharging speed to enhance convenience.

Located under the rear loadspace, a large capacity lithium-ion battery is fundamental to the new Toyota PHV’s significantly improved 50 km EV range. Battery volume has been increased from 87 to 145 litres, its energy capacity doubled from 4.4 to 8.8 kWh and yet, at 120 kg, it’s just 50% heavier than its predecessor.

EV power has also been increased by some 83% thanks to the development of the Toyota’s first hybrid powertrain to feature a Dual Motor Drive System. A new, highly-compact one-way clutch within the transaxle allows the hybrid system generator to act as a second electric motor. This boosts EV driving power to 68 kW for better acceleration and an even more engaging performance, whilst greatly reducing engine start up frequency.

The further minimising of engine usage whilst the Prius Plug-in Hybrid is operating in EV drive mode is assured through the enhanced efficiency of the new PHV system, which builds on the 4th generation full hybrid technology powering the new Prius with several sophisticated new technologies.

Another world first, the auto air-conditioning is now powered by a gas-injection heat pump which will heat the cabin in outside temperatures as low as -10 degrees C, without starting the engine, hence minimising the impact which heating the interior has on EV driving range.

Far more efficient than engine heating or high power electric water heaters, the heat pump can efficiently warm the interior using heat absorbed from the outside air. Mounted to the heat pump system, the gas-injection mechanism ensures heating performance even when outside temperatures are low.

Moreover, during charging, a new battery warming system will warm the cells to an efficient working temperature in outside conditions as cold as -20 degrees C. This ensures that both battery power and efficiency are maintained at a sufficient level to minimise the impact of cold weather on EV driving range, with full power available from start off in even very cold conditions.

Its maximum charging power increased from 2 to 3.3 kW, the battery itself can be fully charged up to 65% more quickly; in only 2 hours using the Type II Mode III Mennekes connector, and 3 hours and 10 minutes using a standard household plug socket. The charging process is now programmable weekly on a day-by-day basis, and includes the facility to simultaneously charge and pre-cool or pre-heat the cabin.

The full hybrid drive system’s new transaxle is combined with a new, highly efficient PCU system control unit to give the Prius Plug-in Hybrid extraordinary overall operating efficiency. It combines improved EV and HV driving performance with a targeted average fuel consumption of only 1.0* l/100km and CO2 emissions of just 22* g/km.

Striking, Stand-alone, Aerodynamic Styling

Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota Prius Prime

Sharing the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform of the latest Prius, the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid’s striking, highly aerodynamic design builds on the iconic Prius profile with unique styling elements which hint at the advanced technology within.

At 4,645 mm long, 1,760 mm wide and 1,470 mm high, the new Toyota PHV is 165 mm longer, 15 mm wider and 20 mm lower than its predecessor, with front and rear overhangs lengthened by 25 mm and 80 mm respectively, over the 4th generation Prius. A reduction in cowl height and in rear spoiler height further emphasises the car’s long, sleek side silhouette and low centre of gravity.

A powerful evolution of Toyota’s Under Priority and Keen Look design themes, the front of the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid is instantly recognisable from the standard Prius through a highly three-dimensional acrylic grille treatment and thin, ultra-compact 4-LED headlamp units featuring new adaptive technology.

The strong forward projection of the grille is emphasised by the highly aerodynamic sculp-ting of the bumper sides, whilst the vertical location of the Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and LED turn indicators at the extreme edges of the front fenders reinforce the low, wide, ground-hugging stance of the vehicle.

In profile, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid may be identified not only by its longer rear overhang and lower cowl and rear spoiler heights, but also by PHV-specific, two-tone 15” alloy wheels designed to enhance brake cooling.

To the rear, the cross-sectional shape of the PHV-unique, aerodynamics-enhancing, ‘double-bubble’ rear screen is carried into the curve of the rear spoiler, at the extremities of which are integrated rear LED light clusters, again unique to the Toyota PHV.

A comprehensive aerodynamics package is key to achieving the fuel consumption reducing benefits of a remarkably low, class-leading drag coefficient of only Cd 0.25.

The new Toyota PHV builds on the already highly efficient aerodynamics of the latest Prius with a lower roof and rear spoiler height, an enlarged area of underbody covers, airflow rectifying front and rear bumper corners, the double-bubble rear screen and aero stabiliser fins built into the rear combination lamps.

In addition, the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid features a shutter built into the lower front grille, which is automatically opened or closed to optimise the flow of cooling air into the engine bay, reducing air resistance.

When the engine is cold, the grille shutter is closed to suppress engine cooling airflow and shorten the engine warm-up time, contributing to lower fuel consumption.

‘Iconic Human Tech’ Interior Design

The new Prius Plug-in Hybrid shares the dashboard design of the latest Prius; a clear, structural arrangement of layered information which places the driver’s meters at distance and the displays close at hand.

However, the new Toyota PHV benefits from a larger, 8” infotainment screen with updated, 2016 graphics. The dual 4.2” TFT driver’s meters also feature PHV-specific graphics. The Prius Plug-in Hybrid instrument panel may be further identified through high-quality, satin chrome-plated ornamentation on the white base of the shift panel.

Advanced Technology for Greater Efficiency

Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota Prius Prime

Every aspect of the advanced technology aboard the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid has been designed to improve the efficiency of the vehicle’s PHV powertrain, and to promote an environmentally-conscientious lifestyle.

The successful development of technology first revealed on the Auris HSD concept in 2010, the roof of the new Toyota PHV can incorporate a large solar panel which generates electricity to charge the hybrid system battery.

When the vehicle is parked (but not plugged in to a charging socket), the solar roof charges a solar battery which, when fully charged, delivers a pumping charge to the main HV battery.

During driving, the solar charging system charges the 12 volt auxiliary battery, compensating for auxiliary load and thereby reducing the energy consumption of the main HV battery.

Solar charging can increase the EV driving range of the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid by up to maximum 5 km per day, equating to some 1,000 km of all-electric driving per annum.

The range of driving modes available now includes a Battery Charge Mode which uses the engine to generate electricity and charge the battery when the vehicle is operating in HV mode.

The new, dual-zone, gas injection heat pump air-conditioning system is equipped with S-Flow control, which automatically controls the cabin air vents in relation to passenger seat occupancy, maintaining comfort whilst reducing power consumption.

Multi-LED headlamps also reduce power consumption, whilst a CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic) tailgate -a world first for a mass production vehicle- reduces weight to further enhance the hybrid drive system’s efficiency.

The new Prius Plug-in Hybrid further benefits from a wireless phone charging platform, a large, colour head-up display, a new, Simple Intelligent Parking Assist (S-IPA) system, and an enhanced Toyota Safety Sense system incorporating two features new to the Toyota PHV; Pre-Collision Safety with a pedestrian recognition function, and Full-speed Adaptive Cruise Control, which can slow the car to a standstill when necessary.

TNGA Platform for Responsive,

Engaging Handling
The Toyota New Global Architecture-based platform plays a defining role in the Plug-in Hybrid’s rewarding driving experience, giving the car a lower centre of gravity compared to the current model, and securing a more engaging driving position and more precise and responsive handling, with less body roll.

These qualities are also enhanced by the Prius Plug-in Hybrid’s new double wishbone rear suspension, which produces one-third the level of shock when driving on uneven roads compared to the current model. To achieve better handling with more direct response, the front MacPherson strut suspension has also been revised.

The significantly improved dynamic characteristics of the new chassis are matched by the more responsive character of the new plug-in full hybrid system. The 83% boost in EV power due to the hybrid transaxle’s Dual Motor Drive System offers drivers highly responsive acceleration characteristics.

Finally – and complimenting the quietness that comes from the improved EV capabilities – a particular focus has been placed on minimising NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness).

The optimum placement of sound suppressing and absorbing materials at the source of noise offers occupants unique levels of cabin quietness.

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6 Comments on "Toyota Prius Prime Debuts In Europe (Including Set Of Video Presentations)"

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No large center screen for Europe, but it looks like they get the option of a solar roof and polished aluminum wheels, as opposed to the plastic wheel covers on the US models. The second video @ 0:57 seconds shows a closeup of the wheels.

One other feature I notice on the European version that I don’t recall being mentioned on the US version was the “Connection Lock System with smart key.” It appears that the cable automatically locks when charging and the owner leaves, but when a smart key comes back in proximity to the car/charge port, the car automatically unlocks the cable. This feature is mentioned in the third video @ 0:38 seconds in.

Any news on price?? Particularly in relation to a conventional Prius. If priced aggressively these could fly off the lots in the EU. The Prius was always expensive in the U.K. And the pip even more so. It would be great if this could find a nice high value spot in the market like the outlanders have. Especially if it could get close the the diesel focus’s. If you start to get diesel focus drivers switching to the prime (even in relatively small numbers) I think we could see a Ford energi in 18 months which would sell very well in the U.K.

The EV range is still too low because it forces a plug at work to be able to do the full commute.
On the other hand I really like the roof photovoltaic’s on the car. Even unplugged it charges 5 km per day. That is good for extra driving range but also to fight vampire consumptions.
Of course the PV can also be on a house roof but why not on the car’s roof as well, especially since that electricity has the additional benefit of being produced on board on the go, which is not the case with a house roof PV.
I hope the Model 3 will somehow have a PV possibility on its roof as well. That would be an option I would like and appreciate.

To me the PV on the roof is neat but quite gimmicky. 5km/day with snow on the roof? And at what price? 40+km EV travel will eliminate gas consumption for most in-town travel, or half of your daily travel? In spite of this EV range the car will have a market.
I drive a 2016 Prius and I like the car very much. Easily getting 3.8-4 l/100km without hyper mileing. (I choose the 4th Gen Prius over the Volt.) Still, I will consider ‘upgrading’ to Prime if the price is right. Completely de-coupling the ICE in EV mode was a much needed change.
Maybe in a couple of years, as a mid-life upgrade, the Prime will get longer EV range.

Oh Toyota; stop half assing electric drive and give us a 3t0km BEV Prius already.

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