The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) that stands between full-electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and ordinary hybrids like the Prius. The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime uses the same mechanical configuration as the regular Prius but has a larger battery. If the regular Prius automatically balances the mix of gasoline and battery power, the Prius Prime has enough battery capacity to drive about 25 miles using battery power only. When the battery becomes low, the gasoline engine turns on and drives like a regular Prius.
The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime also has an outlet that can be connected to a 120 volt power outlet or 240 volt Level 2 EV charger. By charging the Prius Prime from an external source, you can reduce their gasoline consumption significantly. If you never charge the battery, Prime operates like a regular Prius
The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is available in three trim levels: Plus, Premium and Advanced.