Last Updated: Thurs. 6/29/2017

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I bought a Classic Prius (hybrid-electric, fuel-efficient, super-ultra-low-emission vehicle) back on 9/9/2000 and drove it in Minnesota until I replaced it on 10/23/2003 with an Iconic Prius (which was even cleaner and more efficient).  Then on 5/26/2009, I upgraded to a 2010 Prius (for amazing efficiency).  Following that on 2/29/2012, I got my first plug-in model (pushing MPG significantly higher).  The big upgrade happened 4/01/2017, when I replaced the PHV with a Prime, trading 11 miles of EV driving for 25.  The great driving experience continues, after all that time...

This website is loaded with lots of photos & information about that technological wonder I drive.  The links below highlight recent things I've done, and the  Site Map  provides an illustrated summary of everything else.  Have fun exploring all of it.

   
 Classic Prius Lifetime MPG at  59,827  miles was:  45.4

2010 Introduction

 
  Iconic Prius Lifetime MPG at  118,185  miles was:  47.7
 2010 Prius Lifetime MPG at  55,835  miles was:  50.0
 Prius PHV Lifetime MPG at  92,012  miles was:  71.1


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 Prius Prime most recent tank refill MPG measured:   219.9     PHV tank data
 Prius Prime Lifetime MPG as of  5,773  miles was:   93.5     PHV daily data

* Recharges using an ordinary 120-volt household outlet (5 hours 30 minutes).
   240-volt connection can be used, but is not required (2 hours 10 minutes).

 

2017-04-08 - A stop along the river, at a park on our first road trip ...  photo album 206

Driving Modes    

 
2017-04-05 - Got lucky getting these sunset photos with the Prime ...  photo album 205
2017-04-02 - Took apart the Prime right away to install a receiver hitch ...  photo album 205
2017-04-02 - Went on a my first road trip with the new plug-in hybrid...  photo album 204
2017-03-31 - Photos of my 2017 Prius Prime Advanced, before delivery...  photo album 204


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Prius materials you may find helpful:

User-Guide  (Iconic)

  

Info-Sheet  (Iconic)

 
 

User-Guide  (Classic)

  

Info-Sheet  (Classic)

 

User-Guide  (2010-2016)

Annual Report

 

Power-Split-Device

Energy-Flow

PSD (details)

 

Type: FULL

Type: FULL (details)

Type: FULL (operation)

 

Stealth

Power-Split-Device

This is what enables the two electric motors and the gas engine to interact.

PSD (animations)

Startup

 

Changing Oil

Air-Conditioner Filter

Wiper-Blades

 

 

 

Prius:  Driving a Better Future

   

Purpose:   To significantly reduce emissions & consumption in a reliable & cost-effective manner.

 

Mini-Sheet  (Iconic)

Mini-Sheet  (Classic)

Hybrid Types

 

Multi-Display  (Iconic)

Multi-Display  (Classic)

Understanding Hybrids

 

Efficiency Misconceptions

Highway Misconceptions

Winter Misconceptions

 

Owner Summary

Being Green

Requirements