Toyota used the 2016 New York Auto Show to unveil the new, 2017 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid, which will serve as the most fuel-efficient option in the Japanese automaker’s gas-zipping lineup.
The Prius Prime is powered by the same 1.8L hybrid powertrain as the latest Prius hybrid but benefits from a bigger 8.8 kWh battery pack that enables better fuel economy and a greater overall pure-electric driving range of 22 miles (35 kilometers).
Despite being lower than the Chevy Volt’s impressive 53-mile (85 km) EV range, it’s a more usable figure than the previous Prius plug-in hybrid.
The Prius Prime is capable of driving at speeds of up to 84 mph (135 km/h) in EV mode and its battery pack can be fully charged in 5.5 hours when using a standard 110-volt outlet. Plugging into a 240-volt outlet cuts that time by half.
Toyota promises an estimated 120+ MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in hybrid mode — an improvement of 26 percent compared to its predecessor — and up to 600 miles (965 km) between fill-ups.
Visually, the Prius Prime is distinguished by a Mirai-inspired front fascia featuring quad LED headlights that “glow like diamond” and a rear fascia with restyled, interconnected LED taillights.
It has the same 2+2 seating as the regular Prius but comes with more standard features, including a notably larger, 11.6-inch multimedia screen with navigation and a color head-up display.
Toyota’s Safety Sense P is part of the package and adds such features as lane departure warning with steering assist, pedestrian detection and radar cruise control.
The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid goes on sale in fall 2016. Do you see yourself owning one?
Get Ready For A Porsche 911 Hybrid, The Most Powerful 911 Ever
After denying the possibility of a gas-electric version of its iconic sports car, Porsche has confirmed that the next-generation Porsche 911 will indeed offer buyers a plug-in hybrid variant.
August Achleitner, head of 718 and 911 development, previously stated that the “disadvantages outweighed the advantages” for such a model, but it seems the company has found a way to make things work.
The Porsche 911 hybrid won’t be ready when the new 911 (992) arrives in 2019. When it does finally go on sale, it could be the most powerful and one of the fastest 911 ever with around 700 horsepower to work.
In an interview with , Porsche head honcho Oliver Blume, stated:
“The 911 plug-in must be a very strong performing car. It will be the most powerful 911 we’ve ever had; 700bhp might be possible.”
Blume didn’t reveal any technical specifications, but there are speculations that the plug-in hybrid powertrain could consist of a 136 horsepower electric motor and a turbocharged flat-six engine, with Porsche’s engineers appling some of the lessons learned from the 918 Spyder to create a truly world-class performance machine.
He added that the car will have “a special button for the electric punch,” indicating a race car-style push-to-pass function.
The Porsche 911 PLug-in Hybrid will likely arrive a couple years after the new 911 debuts at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October, possibly wearing the Turbo S E-Hybrid nameplate.
Bentley Bentayga SUV Goes Hybrid, But Why?
Bentley has introduced a plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga as part of the Volkswagen Group’s shift towards electrification. The company bills it as the world’s first luxury hybrid,” but is it really?
There is no argument, however, that the Bentayga hybrid is Bentley’s “first step towards electrification” and its most efficient vehicle to date. Power is provided by a plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of a new V6 gas engine that’s mated to an electric motor that also serves as a generator, allowing the large SUV to travel purely on electricity for over 31 miles (50 km) in the European cycle. It takes up to 7.5 hours to charge the battery using a domestic household socket and just 2.5 hours with a quick charger.
Visually, the Bentayga plug-in hybrid looks almost identical to the gasoline-powered Bentayga models, with a “hybrid” badge on the tailgate, front doors and sill plates being the most conspicuous exterior differentiator.
There story is a little bit different inside, where the auto-stop/start button has been replaced with a hybrid-themed drive mode selector with three driving modes — EV, Hybrid and Hold. The first two modes are self-explanatory; the Hold mode maintains the battery’s state of charge in all operations.
The Bentley Bentayga was likely a result of regulatory requirements rather than genuine interest from the company’s wealthy clients, who are generally not swayed by fuel-efficiency or gas prices. Sales begin in the second half of 2018.
Subaru Getting Plugin Hybrid With Toyota Prius Prime Parts
Not impervious to the electrification of the automotive industry. Subaru will introduce a new plug-in hybrid model that will borrow parts from the Toyota Prius Prime. Subaru is partially tied to Toyota, so tapping into the auto giant’s hybrid know-how is a no-brainier.
The small but growing Japanese automaker hasn’t announced which model(s) will get the plug-in hybrid powertrain, but it’s expected that either the Crosstrek or Forester will be the recipient. If the Crosstrek , it will be the second time that the model will be offered with a hybrid variant, even though the first one didn’t sell well.
We’ll have to wait and see what specifications (electric driving range, fuel economy, etc.) the Subaru plug-in hybrid will bring to market, but considering it will likely be a bigger vehicle than the Prius Prime, one made even heavier by a standard all-wheel drive system, we don’t expect the same 25 mile EV range as the Toyota.
The Subaru hybrid will initially be sold in the 10 U.S. states that have adopted California’s zero-emission vehicle regulations.