A certain Toyota Prius Prime owner revealed that his vehicle lacked the promised mileage when it is set to electric vehicle mode. When he allegedly bought a 2012 Prius Plug-In, the owner expected it to run for 50+mpg. However, it was revealed that the promised 12 mi. of range cannot be covered with one charge.
As reported by Electrek, an owner of the Toyota Prius Prime for over eight years bought a 2012 Prius Plug-In which was said to make the car reach 12 miles of range with only one charge. Although the owner did raise the possibility that the promised mileage could be achieved, he manifested that the driver needs to be under a particular weather for it to run right. Furthermore, he also attested that the retrofit of the vehicle was slightly bigger for its battery and motor.
Another defect that the user highlighted was the functionality of the electric vehicle. According to him, not everything in the car would work under electric vehicle mode. The heater allegedly would not turn on, the ICE is sub-par, and the engine had to stay off while driving on battery.
In other news, SF Chronicle reported that although the vehicle had its downsides, the federal tax credit on purchasing an electric vehicle was said to be cheaper by next year. In fact, it was labeled to be one of the several advantages of owning an electric vehicle due to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions it provides. Furthermore, people who lease their cars upon claiming the federal tax credit could use the resources to bring down the lease payment as well.
Although the Toyota Prius Prime was manifested by a certain customer to be overstating the functionality of the vehicle under electric mode, is the purchase worth it? Does the lesser federal tax credit in buying the automobile compensate its disadvantages?