In a German Five PHEV vehicle shootout, the Prime ends up on top by a significant margin. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug. 7, 2017 2017 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV-25 – Retails for $28,219 incl. mats and $895 D&H charge. Toyota rebates of up to $3,125, Federal Tax Credit of up to $4,500 if you qualify, and both state and local incentives of $1,500 in CA and MA + others and even HOV Lane Access in some states as a single occupant. Owners receive a PHEV with 25-miles of all-electric range and an incredible 55/53 mpg city/highway rating as a std. long range hybrid. The 2017 Toyota Prius PHEV was the top scorer in a recent German ADAC EcoTest comparison. Of the five vehicles tested including the Toyota Prius Prime, Kia Optima PHEV, BMW 225xe, VW Passat GTE, and Volvo XC90 T8, the Prime was the one and only vehicle efficient enough to earn five stars. The 4th gen hybrid platform with its 68 kW electric motors combined and 1.8L Atkinsonized I4 bring emissions to an extraordinarily low level. The results of the sites testing were 47 points out of 50 for SMOG forming emissions and the 50 out of 50 for the low GHG emissions or CO2. The Prius HEV and PHEV Models already undercut Germany’s 2021 CO2 targets of 95 g/km today. Five current models tested -Comparison of plug-in hybrids in the new EcoTest The first step towards electrified mobility is the hybrid car providing a significant reduction in fuel consumption. The next step is the PHEV, which can be purely electric over an intermediate range with a larger battery and more powerful electric motor(s). Ranges of 15 to 30 miles and maximum speeds of up to 75 mph are not uncommon within the PHEV universe. And unlike a BEV, the driver has no inkling of range anxiety. Once the battery energy is consumed, you continue on the gas engine as a very efficient hybrid. The supply of PHEVs across Europe is growing with most manufacturers offering at least one vehicle within their lineup. Demand is also rising much faster than for BEVs. For PHEVs in Germany, there is an e-car of 3,000 Euros ($3,500 USD). In the following test, ADAC tested five PHEVs as mentioned above. The BMW 225xe iPerformance, the KIA Opti-ma GDI PHEV, the Toyota Prius Prime, the Volvo XC90 T8 TwinPower and the VW Passat Variant GTE. Overall, the tests leave only one vehicle standing. That being the Toyota Prius. ADAC PHEV Competitive Comparison Conclusions The EcoTest models leave a mixed picture. Cutting to the chase, the Toyota Prius Prime is by far the most fuel-efficient, both in terms of electric power and fuel consumption. Although it has the lowest power with 122 hp, its outstanding low pollutant emissions is considerably better than the competitors. The VW Passat Variant GTE, which achieves an average result for the pollutants as well as for CO2 emissions, performed well. Third place is the KIA Optima PHEV. It is as economical as the Passat on the road, but has a higher pollutant emission. Like the VW, the Kia’s CO and particulate emissions are a problem which arise when the internal combustion engine is started cold. On the bottom is the BMW 225xe and the Volvo XC90. Both the current and fuel consumption values are far too high. The Volvo’s results are understandable given its 2.3-ton mass. Oddly, the BMWs consumption figures are surprisingly high. Like the VW and Kia, the CO and particulate emissions are a problem when the internal combustion engine is cold… Do the ADAC results sound familiar to what we have seen here in North America? I would have to say yes they do.