Toyota Launches Redesigned “Prius PHV” in Japan

Prius PHV

Toyota Motor Corporation announces the launch of the redesigned Prius PHV in Japan, and sales will begin at all Toyota, Toyopet, Toyota Corolla and Netz dealers nationwide on February 15.

Toyota has been working on enhancing its product lineup significantly, and is positioning plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) as the pillar of next-generation environmental vehicles after hybrid vehicles (HVs).

With the new Prius PHV, Toyota has greatly advanced on the environmental performance that is characteristic of the Prius lineup, along with the powerful and smooth drive which is an attribute of an electric vehicle (EV). Futuristic advanced equipment has been added and charging convenience greatly improved, thus evolving the new Prius PHV into a prime vehicle.

During short-distance drives, such as daily commuting and shopping trips, a plug-in hybrid operates as an electric vehicle (EV) and does not consume any gasoline. At the same time, it can be driven over long distances as a hybrid vehicle (HV) even after the battery charge is depleted. Toyota positions PHVs as the core vehicle segment in the company’s Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050―where the goal is to achieve a society in which cars, people and the environment co-exist harmoniously – and plans to continue strengthening this product line.

In January 2012, Toyota launched the Prius PHV with the goal of promoting vehicle electrification. To date, sales of the Prius PHV have totaled approximately 22,000 units in Japan, and approximately 75,000 units worldwide, including the U.S. and Europe.

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New Welcab versions (special features have been installed by Toyota) will also be launched in April. A new model with a rotating and tilting front passenger seat makes it easier for a person requiring assistance to get in and out of the vehicle, thus easing the burden on the caregiver.

Vehicle Outline
  1. Fusion of Environmental Performance and Driving Performance
  • The use of a large-capacity, lithium-ion battery, combined with efficiency improvements in the plug-in hybrid system, has increased the EV mode range to 68.2 km and the maximum EV mode speed to 135 km/h7, thus greatly expanding the electric-only range.
  • The Prius PHV also features a dual motor drive system, using both the electric motor and the generator as the drive force, to achieve powerful acceleration performance.
  • The use of a dedicated heater for the traction battery and the world’s first8 automatic air conditioner with a heat pump and gas injection function which helps prevent the engine from coming on during EV mode operation.
  • The 1.8-liter high-efficiency engine achieves a high hybrid fuel efficiency of 37.2 km/L.
Plug-in Hybrid System Specifications
Engine Model 2ZR-FXE
Displacement 1,797 cc
Maximum output 72 kW [98 PS]/5,200 rpm
Maximum torque 142 N・m [14.5 kgf・m]/3,600 rpm
Motor Model 1NM/1SM
Maximum output 53 kW [72 PS]/23 kW [31 PS]
Maximum torque 163 N・m [16.6 kgf・m]/40 N・m [4.1 kgf・m]
Traction battery Type Lithium-ion battery
Voltage 3.7 V
Capacity 25 Ah
Total electric power 8.8 kWh
  1. Enhanced Charging System
  • Standard charging uses AC100V/6A from a standard household outlet and it therefore requires no special wiring9. Outside of the home, the Prius PHV can be charged at Toyota dealers (approximately 4,200 charging stations10) and at any of the charging spots (approximately 14,600 spots11) operated by Nippon Charge Service LLC (Minato-ku, Tokyo)11.
Charging methods and time needed
Charging method Normal charging Quick charging13
200V/16A 100V/6A
Charging time Approx. 2 hours and 20 minutes
(full charge)
Approx. 14 hours
(full charge)
Approx. 20 minutes
(Approx. 80% of full charge)
  • The Prius PHV features the world’s first8 “solar charging system” in mass-produced cars. This system supplies energy from sunlight to the traction battery while the vehicle is parked, supplying the amount of electricity sufficient for driving the vehicle a maximum of around 6.1 km/day (approximately 2.9 km/day on average)13. While the vehicle is being driven, this system helps to improve fuel efficiency by recharging the auxiliary battery.
  • When the newly added EV Power Supply Mode has been selected, the vehicle’s external electrical power supply function can supply household electricity without the engine being turned on. In addition, when the HV Power Supply Mode has been selected, the Prius PHV (with the engine running) can supply electricity for about two days at a maximum output level of 1,500W, when starting with a full tank of gasoline. The Prius PHV thus helps to support Toyota’s disaster recovery support activities. For example, vehicles equipped with the external power supply function can be introduced into company fleets and loaned out following disasters.
  1. Advanced and Emotional Exterior Styling
Exterior Styling

A sharp futuristic face with an advanced look has been made possible with a large grille featuring clear acrylic resin and quad LED headlights. The headlights are equipped with the Adaptive High-beam System, which recognizes other vehicles, based on the taillights of the vehicle ahead and the headlights of on-coming vehicles, and shields them from the high-beam light by controlling the light-projection areas using 16 LEDs located on the left and right sides finely.


The rear design is a distinctive feature of the Prius PHV, which includes the “double-bubble” glass in the rear window, high-mount brake lights connected by a single red line, and rear combination lamps.

For the first time in a Toyota brand vehicle, the rear hatch uses CFRP14, which allows for its unique outline and light weight.


A longer rear overhang has been utilized to achieve a carefree and speedy profile.

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Double-bubble window

    • Double-bubble window
Body color

A total of nine colors are available, including the newly developed, exhilarating, and attractive Spirited Aqua Metallic.

  1. Latest Equipment
  • The Toyota-first 11.6-inch T-Connect SD navigation system and DCM, which are standard (except in the S grade), improves visibility and operability. Additionally, the diverse T-Connect DCM Package connected vehicle service, which assures customers a safe, secure, and convenient experience with their vehicles, is provided free of charge for the first three years following vehicle registration. Other features provided include, the e-Care, where service operators and dealers can send appropriate advice based on information transmitted from the vehicle should a warning light come on, as well as the Pocket PHV smartphone application which are exclusively for PHVs, enabling users to remotely check and control vehicle charging, operate the air conditioner, and search for charging stations.
  1. Safety Performance
  • Toyota Safety Sense P, a collision avoidance assist package, is offered as standard in all grades. The Prius PHV has achieved ASV17++, the highest rating in the JNCAP15 Preventive Safety Performance Assessment16, and the Five Star Award – the highest ranking in the JNCAP’s new overall evaluation for vehicle safety