It is perhaps hard to believe that the Toyota Prius, the “original” hybrid, is entering its fourth generation. For almost two decades, it has helped reshape the way we think about motoring and the environment.
A new full hybrid system
Every part of the full hybrid system has been changed or improved to make parts lighter, more compact and more efficient. Big gains have been made so that more energy is obtained from every drop of fuel. Importantly, the Prius is able to run more often on its electric motor alone (a unique feature of Toyota’s full hybrid technology), which means zero fuel consumption and zero emissions – including NOx, a major concern for air quality.