2002 Toyota Prius Sedan

Summary

The intent of hybrid automobiles is to improve fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions compared to standard internal combustion powered cars. Hybrids use small internal combustion engines and battery powered electric motors. Powerful computers and sophisticated software coordinate the smooth, seamless transfer of power between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor. This Prius is one of the "first generation" of Toyota's hybrid cars, introduced in the United States in 2000.

The intent of hybrid automobiles is to improve fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions compared to standard internal combustion powered cars. Hybrids use small internal combustion engines and battery powered electric motors. Powerful computers and sophisticated software coordinate the smooth, seamless transfer of power between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor. This Prius is one of the "first generation" of Toyota's hybrid cars, introduced in the United States in 2000.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

2002

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

2006.74.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Steel (Alloy)
Aluminum (Metal)
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)
Chromium

Color

Green

Inscriptions

Front and rear center: chrome Toyota decal Rear, in chrome: TOYOTA / HYBRID / PRIUS Impressed into sides: HYBRID / SYSTEM Left side window decal: SULEV / SUPER ULTRA LOW EMISSION VEHICLE / GASOLINE/ELECTRIC HYBRID Left side window decal: NON-RESIDENT BEACH PARKING / 2004 / TOWN OF TRURO / BEACH COMMISSION / 3340 Front window decal: METROPARKS / 05 / HURON-CLINTON METROPOLITAN AUTHORITY / 2005 ANNUAL MOTOR VEHICLE PERMIT

Specifications

Make & Model: 2002 Toyota Prius sedan

Maker: Toyota Motor Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Engine: inline-4, double overhead cam, 91 cubic inches

Motor: DC, permanent magnet

Batteries: 38 nickel-metal hydride, 273 volts

Transmission: continuously variable automatic

Height: 57.5 inches

Wheelbase: 100.5 inches

Width: 66.5 inches

Overall length: 169.5 inches

Weight: 2765 pounds

Horsepower: gasoline, 76 at 5000 revolutions per minute / electric, 55 at 5600 revolutions per minute

Price: $19,995

Average 2002 wage: $31,001 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 7-1/2 months

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