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2018 Toyota Prius Prime: Using Very Little Gasoline

It’s been about a month and a half since Toyota dropped off our long-term Toyota Prius Prime, and I think our gasoline usage can best be measured in ounces, not gallons.

I filled up the tank one month ago. The fuel gauge shows full and the in-car miles per gallon indicator says 199.9. I’m guessing that’s as high as it goes.

Now, I have certainly used SOME gas. The office where I work (I’m there about three days a week on average) and my employer, Cox Automotive, offers at least 10 Level 2 chargers for employees. However, if you get to the office after 8 a.m., they’re generally all already in use. On days when I’m in the office, I arrive at about 6:30 a.m. — so charging is no problem. I can get to and from work (on most days) on all electricity, and it really requires no extra effort on my part.

Last week, I’d been travelling quite a bit, so I decided to sleep in and got to work around 10 a.m.. Not wanting to hassle with the chargers, I just parked in a normal space, knowing I could just drive home in the Prius Prime like a typical hybrid.

That day, I had about nine miles of EV range for a 13 mile commute — sure enough, the gasoline engine kicked on for the last 2 miles of my drive home. And that’s happened a few times since, so I know I’m using a little bit of gasoline over the course of a month. How much? I really don’t know. I’m not sure if I’m a typical user or not — anyone have similar (or not) experience? Find a 2018 Toyota Prius Prime for sale

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