The current Toyota Prius has been on the market since 2016. We have only had the plug-in hybrid since August 2020, the full hybrid is no longer available, and demand was too low. The Japanese portal Best Car now reports that the fifth generation will hit the market at the end of 2022. So far, so expectable. But the article goes on to say that in addition to the well-known hybrid drive, consisting of a 1.8-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor, a version with a hydrogen drive is also planned!
No fuel cell for the Prius
Unlike the Toyota Mirai, it is not supposed to be a fuel cell in which energy is generated through a chemical reaction. Instead, they stay true to the hybrid system, except that the combustion engine runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline. According to the report, this constellation should be reserved for the plug-in hybrid. According to Forbes, the same system will also be offered for the next Corolla. The advantages: The hydrogen engine generates fewer emissions, but unlike a purely electric drive, the fuel can be refueled just as quickly as regular fuel. The catch, however, is that it will take a long time before this engine is offered for the Prius. Best Car reports that the market launch is not planned until 2025. Probably also because hydrogen filling stations are currently still very rare.