Toyota's 2023 Prius Prime to offer 44 miles of all-electric range

Toyota’s 2023 Prius Prime to offer 44 miles of all-electric range

With a larger engine and electric motor generator, the 2023 model can produce around 100 HP more than the prior generation.

Toyota says the 2023 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid will offer a manufacturer-estimated all-electric range of up to 44 miles on a full charge. The manufacturer adds that the vehicle’s fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain will also reach a manufacturer-estimated 52 mpg combined rating on the SE grade trim.

Available in SE, XSE, and XSE Premium grades, Prius Prime’s new, larger 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery gives it a 76% jump in all-electric range over the previous generation, climbing from 25 to 44 miles in the SE grade. The XSE and XSE Premium grades have a manufacturer-estimated range of 39 EV miles. For longer drives, Prime relies on Toyota’s fifth-generation hybrid system that combines a “highly efficient” 2.0-liter engine, an electric generator, and electric motor for an efficient driving experience, the company says.

With a larger 150-hp 2.0L engine and bigger 161-hp electric motor generator too, its 220-system-net-horsepower is around 100 hp more than the prior generation. The higher output also adds 32% more torque, climbing from 105 to 139 lb.-ft. providing a 35% faster 0-60 time of 6.6 seconds.

2023-Prius-Prime-XSE-Back-1400
The Prius Prime offers various drive modes to give the driver options depending on their needs: EV Mode, HV/EV Auto Mode, and Hybrid Mode.

Both the standard Prius hybrid and the Prius Prime are powered by Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, which the company says seamlessly combines the output of the gasoline engine and electric motors. The biggest difference is that the Prius Prime can be plugged in to recharge its lithium-ion battery pack. There’s no special equipment needed for home charging, just plug the Prius Prime into a standard household outlet using the supplied cable (Toyota recommends using a dedicated GFI 15A outlet). The battery will recharge in about 11 hours on a standard 120V home outlet and in about four hours on a level II charger under ideal conditions.

The Prius Prime also offers various drive modes to give the driver options depending on their needs: EV Mode, HV/EV Auto Mode, and Hybrid Mode. EV Auto Mode will automatically rely more on its electric capability for driving around town. When in HV/EV Auto Mode, the engine will engage where it is more efficient to run the gasoline engine, like up steep hills or at higher speeds. In Hybrid Mode, the Prius Prime automatically switches between the gasoline engine and the electric motor. It combines the engine drive force and the electric power from the hybrid battery.

The Prius Prime can also optimize range by recognizing the driver’s stopping patterns on frequently driven routes and suggesting when to let off the accelerator, the company says. Available Predictive Efficient Drive with Predictive Deceleration Support collects daily driving data to optimize points of deceleration and stopping. From then on, when the driver goes through a frequented location, the system indicates when to let off the accelerator and can apply assisted deceleration to help boost fuel efficiency, the company says.

2023-Prius-Prime-XSE-Interior-1400
A new compact high-output/low-loss drive motor for the transaxle/motor uses a redesigned magnet and electromagnetic steel plate configuration, with two additional magnets for increased output.
2023-Prius-Prime-XSE-Range-1400
Available Predictive Efficient Drive with Predictive Deceleration Support collects daily driving data to optimize points of deceleration and stopping.

Under the hood of the 2023 Prius Prime is Toyota’s fifth-generation hybrid powertrain, which pairs the inline M20A-FXS inline four-cylinder 2.0L gas engine with two motor generators (MG1 and MG2) through a planetary-type continuously variable transmission. The company says the engine, working in concert with the electric motor (MG2), assures responsive performance, while exemplary energy efficiency is achieved by using both electric motors (MG1 and MG2) to charge a lithium-ion battery.

A new compact high-output/low-loss drive motor for the transaxle/motor uses a redesigned magnet and electromagnetic steel plate configuration, with two additional magnets for increased output. For improved performance while in Hybrid mode, both engine power and PHEV battery power are utilized for acceleration. The result is 220 combined hybrid system horsepower, 139 lb.-ft. of torque and an estimated 0-60 time of 6.6 seconds, as well as 35% improvement over the 10.2 second time of the outgoing model, Toyota says.

The company says another boost to Prius Prime’s fuel efficiency comes from the Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB) system, which coordinates the operation between the regenerative braking force of the electric motors and the hydraulic braking system force to provide optimal stopping power. By proactively using the electric motors to recover as much electrical energy as possible from the regenerative braking system, this extremely efficient cooperative control helps to maximize fuel economy.

You May Also Like

DTNA plans second life for commercial EV batteries

DTNA aims to achieve carbon neutrality for all new products and services from direct suppliers in Europe, the U.S., and Japan by 2039.

DTNA-battery-repurpose

Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) said it is committed to reducing its overall carbon footprint by integrating a comprehensive circular economy approach across its operations by emphasizing repairing, remanufacturing, repurposing and recycling lithium-ion battery materials used in all DTNA EVs.

Leveraging advanced technology, DTNA said it can discern when a lithium-ion battery no longer meets its standards required for vehicle use. This insight guides the decision on the optimal process to maximize materials for a second life, with repair taking precedence whenever possible, the company said.

Bendix highlights Global Scalable Brake Control at ACT Expo

Bendix said its Global Scalable Brake Control is compatible with single, dual and per-wheel-end electric and hybrid powertrains.

Bendix-GSBC
WattEV to add another 150+ EV trucks by end of year

The increase comes on the heels of WattEV’s expansion of its charging depots to five locations within the past month.

Watt EV Port
BAE Systems, Eaton test new electric drive system on commercial truck

BAE Systems’ electric motor and suite of modular power electronics are combined with Eaton’s MD 4-speed EV transmission.

BAE-systems-Eaton-testing
Volkswagen Group to inject up to $5B into Rivian, announces JV plans

The partnership’s goal is to create next generation software-defined vehicle (SDV) platforms to be used in both companies’ future EVs.

Rivian-Volkswagon-joint-venture
Other Posts
Toyota chooses communities to receive EVgo fast chargers through ’empact’ vision

The high-power 350kW chargers at each location are to be installed, owned and operated by EVgo and feature simultaneous charging.

Toyota-EVgo-Charger
Mack delivers LR Electric refuse truck to City of Portland, Maine

The Mack LR Electric offers a standard 376 kWh total battery capacity for 42% more energy and increased range between vehicle charges.

Mack-LR-Electric
Hitachi Astemo is developing semi-active suspension, steer-by-wire technologies for EVs

The company is also creating a 360-degree-camera that provides LiDAR-like results for autonomous vehicles.

Hitachi-Astemo-technology
Amsted Automotive debuts multi-functional clutch technologies for EVs, HEVs

The company also displayed its eAxle disconnect system at the VDI Dritev Congress in Germany.

Amsted-Automotive-Multi-Clutch-Disconnect