No matter how fanatically you plug in, on long journeys the battery pack of the Toyota Prius (2023) will run out and then the plug-in hybrid will switch to petrol. How economical is the Prius then?
Of EV range van de Toyota Prius we have already tested. It all depends on your speed. With a full battery you can travel 98 kilometers in the city, on the highway (100 km/h) the electric range is 60 kilometers.
Toyota mentions in the brochure an EV range of 72 kilometers for the Prius with large 19-inch wheels that we drive. According to Toyota, the basic model with 17 inches can even reach 86 kilometers on a single battery charge.
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The logical next question after testing the EV range is: what is the petrol consumption with an empty battery? We test this by turning onto the highway with an empty battery and driving our regular test drive at 100 km/h. It is good to know that you cannot completely empty the battery, the Prius stores enough power to continue to function as a regular hybrid.
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We measure an average fuel consumption of 4.6 l/100 km or 1 in 21.7 for the Toyota Prius. That is normal consumption for a hybrid car. The fuel tank has a capacity of 40 liters, so after the battery is empty you can still cover more than 800 kilometers on petrol.
Like all plug-in hybrids, the Prius has a ridiculously low official consumption. Toyota itself speaks of a combined fuel consumption of 0.7 l/100 km.
If you take that literally and really want to cover a hundred kilometers with 0.7 liters of petrol, then you certainly won't be able to do that on the highway. The first 60 kilometers you drive on electricity (full battery) and after that you can drive another 15 kilometers on petrol. Then the 0.7 liter is used up (assuming 4.6 l/100 km).
In the city this is a completely different story, because at low speeds the Prius is so economical that you can drive 98 kilometers on a full battery. To travel one hundred kilometers, you need less than 0.1 liter of gasoline. If you look at it this way, 0.7 liters per 100 kilometers is still plenty.
This post was last modified on October 17, 2023 5:27 am
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