Toyota Electric Cars Could Be Coming

November 23rd, 2016 by

2017 Prius Prime

Over the past 25 years, Toyota has arguably been making the most significant advancements throughout the entire automobile industry in terms of alternatively fueled vehicles. Over the last two and a half decades, the Toyota Prius has become a rapidly more popular option for drivers thanks to its practical design, incredible fuel efficiency, and increasingly affordable price. Now, it appears that Toyota could finally be making a jump to the next level of energy efficiency with the introduction of models like the Toyota Prius Prime and the Toyota Mirai.

Toyota Prius Prime

One of the biggest hints we have right now that Toyota is working toward maximizing the potential for the EV is the introduction of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime. While nots an all-electric vehicle, this plug-in hybrid is able to run on electric energy alone for extended periods of time. Starting at only $27,100* and with a $4,500 federal tax credit available, the Prius Prime is quite accessibly priced for such a sophisticated model.

The Prius Prime runs on a 1.8L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor setup. When the gasoline engine and electric motor are running together, the EPA estimates that this model gets 54 mpg combined city/highway. What sets this model apart, though, is that it can run on electric power alone for 25 miles, meaning that average commuters could use no text at all. You can also charge it in just over two hours with the use of an available 240-volt outlet.

Toyota Mirai

Currently only available in the state of California, the Toyota Mirai is an all-electric vehicle which—unlike other electric vehicles on the market today—runs on hydrogen power alone. With a total driving range of around 300 miles, the Mirai is a unique and promising addition to the EV marketplace.

When Will We See a Battery-Operated Toyota All-Electric Car?

Only a couple of years ago, leaders at Toyota seemed disinclined from developing an all-electric Toyota vehicle, perhaps because of the lack of technological development of EV batteries. As this technology develops, though, it looks like Toyota could be making its way toward a battery-operated EV, with Toyota suggesting the possibility of adding long-range battery-operated EVs in or around 2020. While we wait for that arrival, keep in touch with the experts at Toyota of Naperville.



*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $835 for Cars, $900 for Small/Light Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), $1195 for Large Trucks (Tundra), and $995 for Large SUVs (Sequoia and Land Cruiser). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. Actual dealer price will vary. Actual dealer document fee may vary.