I cannot see the appeal of the Prius Prime. What can you say about it?
- It goes almost half as far as the Volt 2 on batteries.
- It has 80% as many seats as the Volt 2.
- It's twice as ugly as the Volt 2.
- If you stare at its rear long enough, you see Optimus Prime.
It appears it has three things going for it:
- It costs 90% as much as the Volt 2.
- It goes 29% farther on a gallon of gas than the Volt 2.
- It has 87% more cargo volume than the Volt 2.
OK, perhaps that last one would win over some owners. Still, I think most will have difficulty choosing the Prius Prime over the Chevy Volt.
If these do become popular, expect to find Prius Primes clogging EVSEs everywhere.
-For me the 4 passenger thing is kind of a deal breaker, wish it wasn't but it was one of the things that turned me off of the original gen1 Volt, didn't Toyota learn anything from Chevrolet's mistake
-I also find the Prime quite ugly, although I thought the same thing of our '07 Prius and it's kind of grown on me, I didn't like the later angular
-I too am not too excited by the minuscule range, on the right track from the original PiP which was a total joke, but what would it have cost Toyota to put in at least a 16kwh battery....again learn from Chevy's mistake....
-Going 29% further on a gallon of gas is a very important thing to me, and another one of the reasons I didn't purchase the Volt. I'm used to our Prius's 50mpg on the road and wouldn't want to get any worse than that, in that respect I like the Prime.
-More cargo/passenger room, probably the #1 reason I didn't get the Volt, too damn cramped, cramped in the front, cramped in the rear, cramped in cargo area, you get my drift, the Volt was just too damn cramped for my tastes, and I used to drive a Chevy(Geo Metro) which was small on the outside and large on the inside, and got 50mpg!
Even with it's relatively small battery the Prime might have been a somewhat decent option for a replacement for our 10 year old Prius, good for short EV trips and 50mpg going to FL but the 4 seat thing is a deal breaker, I'd have probably got over it's downright ugly looks too
And I agree about vehicles like this plugging up public EVSEs, at least in my area. The only ones I use are free and generally open or 1/2 in use. When I charge my Leaf I have no other option to get around, someone with a Prime or even Volt does have another option, albeit one that would cost some money. True I could be just topping off and might not need the charge to get home but other times I need the charge to continue my trip and wouldn't be all too happy not being able to charge just because someone else doesn't want to burn his gas. I have no issues with this if EVSEs are open, I'm just talking about when all are full and a EV can't charge because PHEVs are using the EVSEs.
Of course I understand a Prime might pull in and there are open EVSEs and EV comes later taking the last EVSE, then another EV comes in and there are no open EVSEs, I don't know I guess there is no perfect way...