Toyota has confirmed its 4th-generation Prius can now tow a trailer for the first time in its history. A great step to ensure Hybrids become more versitile, popular and mainstream.
Previously, the Prius has not been able to tow because of concerns the added weight of towing could overwhelm the hybrid system but Toyota now says the latest version has improved heat management measures that ensure the electric motor-generator and differential won’t overheat.
Prius's new-found ability is thanks to heat management measures that have been introduced in the hybrid system's main electric motor-generator and the differential. As a result, the car has a maximum towing capacity of 725kg for both braked and unbraked trailers, with up to 75kg on the towball.
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