Twenty Years Since The Revolutionary Toyota Prius Debuted
|   Thursday, September 07, 2017
Although the first hybrid was introduced in 1900, the Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid, which used two electric motors and an internal combustion engine, an available commercial hybrid was released only after 97 years. The Toyota Prius is the hybrid model that revolutionized the automotive world.

For the first time, Toyota shown its intention to launch a hybrid in 1995, when at the Tokyo Motor Show debuted the Toyota Prius concept. The G21 Project was initiated to develop the “21st Century Vehicle” and, according to the plan, the hybrid car had to indicate a consumption at least twice as low as a conventional car.

The first generation Toyota Prius started in Japan in December 1997, but it was not Toyota's first hybrid vehicle. A few months earlier, in August the same year, the hybrid bus Coaster Hybrid EV appeared, but it was not a pioneer.

In 1977, there was a Toyota 800 Gas Turbine Hybrid, a hybrid sports car that was based on a gas turbine generator, electric motor and batteries!
The second-generation Toyota Prius was launched in September 2003, being the first to adopt the iconic fluid design in a spacious bodywork and practicing lift-back. Toyota Hybrid System, the hybrid propulsion was been improved, while the power of the electric engine almost doubled to 50 kW, and average fuel consumption fell to 4.3 l / 100 km.

The second generation received technologies for the first time in the automotive industry, such as the semi-automatic parking system or the electric inverter that provided air conditioning even if the engine was off. The second-generation Prius was also the 2005 Car in Europe.

The fourth and current generation Toyota Prius comes with an aggressive design, the same silhouette that has already become classic for the Prius, a new TNGA technical platform that has increased the stiffness of the bodywork by 60 percent and a new-generation hybrid system.

The latter includes a petrol engine with a displacement of 1.8-liter (97 hp and 142 Nm torque), which has a thermal efficiency of 40 percent and an electric motor (71 hp).
At the same time, the battery pack migrated from the trunk under the rear seat, and the base battery was housed under the hood. Thus, the luggage volume increased to 502 liters. The efficiency of the new Prius has improved further, and now it indicates a consumption of 3.0 l / 100 km.

The latest Prius Plug-In Hybrid has a 1 liter consumption for the first 100 km and in pure electric mode it can travel over 50 km, the maximum speed being limited to 135 km / h when running only on electricity. The Prius Plug-In Hybrid version features the solar panel option on the entire roof, which can supply enough power for a total of 1,000 kilometers per year. And its appearance differs radically from a Prius of the fourth generation, although it retains the same silhouette and the same interior.

The 10 million Toyota hybrids have cut CO2 emissions by 77 million tons and the fuel they have saved would have been enough to travel a distance of 1.5 million journeys around the earth and the moon. At the moment, Toyota sells 33 hybrid models, including a hybrid plug-in model, Prius Plug-In Hybrid, in over 90 countries.
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