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2022 Toyota Prius

In Germany only available as a plug-in hybrid.

25 years ago it was the first mass-produced vehicle with a hybrid drive, i.e. a combination of a combustion engine and an electric drive. Its reputation was primarily established by the third generation with a displacement of 1.8 liters.

More than 20 million of these hybrid models have now been sold.

The fourth generation was based on a new platform and was then also available with a rechargeable battery. It is remarkable that for the first time a lithium-ion battery was used instead of the one made of nickel-metal hydride, which Toyota apparently believed capable of more durability.

And here there is already the first parallel to the new Prius of the fifth generation, namely the increase in capacity from then 8.8 to today's 13.6 kWh. This is based on the estimate of 50 percent more range, i.e. 75 instead of 50 km. Otherwise, technically everything has remained the same in principle.

The combustion engine has grown significantly with now 2 liters instead of 1.8, 111 instead of 90 kW in the last model. In the USA, Toyota advertises a converted consumption of 1.8 liters/100km, which of course is only possible for the first 100 kilometers with a full battery. However, a solar roof is again offered as an extra.

Toyota emerged from the crisis as the largest automobile manufacturer in the world. It has invested in both the HEV and PHEV sectors, namely FCEV, H2 and finally BEV (bZ4X and bZ3), not to mention the announcements in this area.

If the enormous amounts of CO2 saved by Toyota's hybrids are believed, however calculated and validated, then this car represents the fastest acting remedy for climate change. And that may be until electric cars are charged almost exclusively with electricity generated from renewable current, which cannot be used anywhere else with greater efficiency.

We also assume that for reasons of cost, range and delivery times, the alternative for the vast majority of Prius buyers would have been a combustion engine.

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