Original article here: Prime Mover: Toyota Maxes Out Tech and Style in the World?s Best-Selling Hybrid to Create the 2017 Prius Prime | Toyota
Here are the highlights of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime:
-The Ultimate Prius with Toyota’s Most Efficient Hybrid Powertrain
-Industry Leading EPA-estimated 133 MPGe/ Class Leading EPA-estimated 55 MPG City
-Class Leading Standard Safety Systems with Toyota Safety Sense P
-Great Overall Vehicle Value – Class-leading Starting Price
"The Prius Prime can even optimize range by memorizing the driver’s stopping patterns on frequently driven routes and suggesting when to let off the accelerator. Available Predictive Efficient Drive with Predictive Deceleration Support collects daily driving data to predict points of deceleration and stopping. From then on, when the driver goes through a location in the database, the system indicates when to let off the accelerator and can apply assisted deceleration to help boost fuel efficiency."
"To help make extended EV mode driving range possible using Hybrid Synergy Drive, Toyota modified the system. For the first time in a Toyota hybrid, the system uses a “dual motor drive.” Toyota didn’t add another motor, however. Rather, a new one-way clutch engages both the generator (MG1) and electric drive motor (MG2) for drive force, the first time MG1 has been used for that purpose."