Plug-in hybrids are renowned for their all electric capability wherein the electric motor/s can provide the necessary propulsion for the automobile. Toyota reportedly plans to enhance the all-electric range of the next-generation Prius in order to keep up with other automakers.
Citing an industry source, Green Car Reports stated that compared to the outgoing plug-in Prius that only had an electric range of nearly 18 km, the 2016 Prius will have an all-electric range that is expected to be somewhere in between 48 – 56km.
Exact details on how it was made possible remains to be a mystery but based on our previous report about the supposed leak of the new-generation hybrid, the 2016 Prius will be fitted with a new engine codenamed the 2ZR-FXZ along with a new electric motor that reportedly cranks out 90 PS.
In terms of power, the 2016 Prius will have more grunt compared to the outgoing generation. As for its improved electric range, the increase may be down to the more powerful electric motor or a new software that manages the hybrid system.
If it was to be believed, then the upcoming Toyota Prius will be edging closer to Chevrolet Volt's all electric range that the automaker claims to be rated at 80 km.
The 2016 Toyota Prius is expected to have its launch sometime this year though the plug-in hybrid will be introduced at a late date sometime in 2017.
Note: Pictured above is the current Toyota Prius
Source: Green Car Reports