The Prius Through The Years
Nowadays, we stand on the line of electric cars entering the mainstream, but that concept wouldn’t have even made it out of the gate if not for the over 20-years of success the Prius has had before it. Being the standout in both sales and perception of hybrids since its inception, let’s take a look at exactly how the Prius managed to be so important for so long.
Originally, the Prius came out in 1997, but the first-generation wouldn’t hit American shores until 2001, and was only sold until 2003. At the time, it was powered by a hybrid powertrain of a 1.5-liter I-4 coupled to an electric motor, nickel-metal hydride battery, and a single-speed transmission. Humble beginnings for a significant car.
When 2004 rolled around, Toyota introduced its 2nd generation option, which carried over the transmission and powertrain, but make a lot of significant visual changes, looking less like a traditional sedan and more like an aerodynamic four-door option. The combination of fuel economy, practicality, and the interior won several awards for the Prius.
Since then, we’ve seen a number of improvements and iterations, perhaps one of the most exciting being the Prius Prime, a plug-in variant that was introduced in 2016.
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