Reuters reports that Toyota introduced the new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHV) – “Prius PHV” on February 15th 2017. The new PHV also went on sale in the Japanese market on the 15th. The retail price ranges between ¥ 3,261,600 and ¥ 4,222,800. The monthly sales target is 2,500 units in Japan.
The new Prius PHV is equipped with large-capacity lithium-ion batteries. In EV mode (without the use of gasoline), it can travel 68.2km (26.4km for current PHVs) under full charge. The maximum speed is up to 135km (100km for current PHVs). When in gasoline mode, every liter of gasoline can travel 37.2km (31.6km for current PHVs).
In addition, the new Prius PHV can choose to be equipped with solar panels to charge the car using solar energy when driving. It can also support fast charge, only 20 minutes is needed to charge 80% of electricity.