The widespread adoption of the eco‐car is essential in order to achieve the goal of further reducing CO2 emissions.
Here at Toyota, we are developing eco cars with the aim of propagation based on the idea that it is "only through the eco car's widespread adoption that contribution to the environment is made possible." We also believe that, among the eco cars we are developing, the PHV holds the key to their propagation.
Since the PHV is able to be driven as a solely electric car in most cases pertaining to everyday use, it produces zero CO2 emissions while driving.
In addition, for long-distance driving and, in the event that the owner has forgotten to charge the vehicle, the PHV can be driven as a hybrid car while still reducing CO2 emissions.
Toyota released the Prius PHV in January of 2012, aiming to achieve the widespread use of electric vehicles in earnest.
Serving as the pivotal factor in the spread of eco cars, the Prius PHV underwent a full model change in 2017, and a completely different level of evolution was realized.
The driving distance of the EV Mode (*1), when the car can be operated as an electric vehicle, was increased drastically thanks to the performance improvement of the lithium-ion battery and motor.
It is now possible to produce next to zero CO2 emissions in our everyday lives while driving.
Even if the car is driven until the battery runs out, the vehicle can carry on operating in the minimal-CO2-emmission HV (Hybrid) Mode.
In addition, an even stronger driving capability during operation of the EV Mode has been actualized through the adoption of the Dual Motor Drive System.
*1: In the case of the new model Prius PHV, the EV Mode driving distance has been expanded to 68.2 km (Japan, JC08 Mode). For the old model Prius PHV this distance was 26.4 km (Japan, JC08 Mode).
The driving distance of the EV Mode will differ greatly depending on the customer's operating environment (climate, traffic conditions, etc.) and manner of driving (sudden starts, air conditioner usage, etc.).
The potential of EV Mode has been further expanded due to a variety of charging methods
|Country, Region||North America||Europe|
|Method of Charging||In-vehicle Charging Cable||Specialized Charging Stand||In-vehicle Charging Cable||Specialized Charging Stand|
|Charging Time||Approx. 5hrs, 30min||Approx. 2hrs, 10min||Approx. 3hrs||Approx. 2hrs|
|Installation Location||Household Use||Car dealer, public facility, etc.||Household Use||Car dealer, public facility, etc.|
|Method of Charging||Regular Charger (In-vehicle Charging Cable)||Quick Charger(Specialized Charging Stand)|
|Charging Time||Approx. 2hrs, 20min to reach full charge||Approx. 14hrs to reach full charge||Approx. 20min to reach an 80% charge|
|Installation Location||Stand-alone house, car dealer, etc.||Stand-alone house||Public facility, highway service area, etc.|
The charging time and method will vary depending on country and region.
The "Battery Charge Mode" enables the engine to both generate and recharge electricity to the vehicle when operating as hybrid.
When this function is applied, even in the event that electricity has been used up and external recharging is not possible, the use of "Battery Charge Mode" enables the vehicle to charge the battery to a certain extent, allowing it to once again operate in EV mode.
Ultimate eco, the world's first solar charger powered by sunlight
*2：Only available in Japan and Europe. The amount of charge will vary depending on conditions such as the amount of sunlight.
Owners can use the same amount of electricity in an outdoor environment as they can at home.
When there is enough battery capacity, the car can be used to provide power without even running the engine.
In the event of power failure due to natural disaster or other cause, it can also be used as an emergency electric power source.
When the battery is at maximum charge and the gasoline tank is full, the vehicle can supply the owner with as much electricity as would provide four days worth of power to an average household (40kWh).
*3：Only available in Japan