Lots of consumers are interested to know how the Toyota Prius works. Three years after the Toyota Hybrid Prius was available on the Japanese Market, it was introduced in the United States. In 2000, Toyota offered North American consumers the first four door hybrid on the market. The Toyota Prius features phenomenal gas mileage, at up to 51 miles per gallon in the city and 48 on the highway. The Toyota Prius is also designed with a breakthrough in passenger room: an exceptionally roomy interior of 42.5” of leg room in the front and 36” of leg room in the back. Luggage space is also vast, at 21.6 cu. ft.
According to Toyota, the Prius is boasted as being 85% recyclable, adding to its already alluring eco-friendly reduced carbon gas emissions. The vehicle works by combining gasoline power with battery-run power to reduce fuel costs and increase productivity.
At 42 mph and below, including idling, the Toyota Prius runs on batter-power alone. After the vehicle kicks in above 42 mph, the gasoline engine picks up where the battery-run technology leaves off. When the vehicle heads downhill, no matter what the speed, the battery-power will be the only source of energy for the vehicle.
Along with its hybrid technology, the third and fourth generation Toyota Prius’ feature a solar roof embedded with solar panels. This feature allows the vehicle to pick up the outside air with little or no effort when parked in direct sunlight. The fan works to bring in air from the outside and cool it to reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in the vehicle as another inventive way to save energy.