Toyota Prius PHV Hybrid Import Information

2017 to 2022 Toyota Prius PHV Plug-in Hybrid (ZVW52)

Toyota Prius PHV Hybrid Import Information and SEVS import eligibility for Australia

Toyota Prius PHV plug-in hybrid

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid liftback is sold as the Prius PHV / Prius PHEV hybrid in Japan and the Prius Prime in the USA, Canada, South Korea and New Zealand.

Three Prius PHV / PHEV plug-in models and one standard hybrid model can be imported from Japan to Australia as none were sold here new by Toyota, this page deals with the 2017 to 2022 Toyota Prius PHV ZVW52:

2012 to 2016 Toyota Prius PHV ZVW35 – we no longer source this earlier model Prius PHV due to price / limited availability of quality examples in Japan

2017 to 2022 Toyota Prius PHV ZVW52

Dec 2022+ Toyota Prius hybrid MXWH60, MXWH65

Dec 2022+ Toyota Prius PHV MXWH61 – in Japan this model is called the Prius PHEV to differentiate it from the two prior PHV models

Toyota Prius PHV plug-in emblem

Unlike the basic Prius hybrid sold new in Australia, the higher spec Prius PHV hybrid from Japan charges the battery while driving and braking (exactly like the standard Prius) PLUS can be directly charged from the grid / home solar enabling much greater fuel efficiency than the hybrid-only Prius.

In hybrid mode, the Prius PHV has an EPA-rated combined fuel economy of 4.4 L/100 km (22.73 km/L). This would be much improved with greater use in EV-only mode.

The Prius PHV would most benefit drivers that make short trips on EV-only each day then recharge from a home solar system.

Toyota Prius PHV plug-in Japan engine

The Prius PHV uses a 1.8 L 2ZR-FXE engine plus dual MG1 (23 kW) + MG2 (52 kW) electric motors and an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery together with an eCVT transmission and Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system.

Electric range on EV-only mode is approx. 40 km which is twice the range of the first generation ZVW35 plug-in model.

The battery pack is also much larger than the 0.75 kWh unit used in the regular Prius hybrid of the same year.

Total driving range for the Prius plug-in is approx. 1,030 km.

In EV-only mode the Prius PHV produces up to 68 kW from the electric motor system and can travel at up to 135 km/h (35 km/h faster than the previous ZVW35 model).

Plug-in charging is via a 3.3 kW 100-240V on board charger.

Curb weight is 1,526 kg.

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Toyota Prius PHV plug-in Japan interior consoleToyota Prius PHV plug-in Japan interior seat layout

The 2017 to 2022 Prius PHV ZVW52 is available from Japan in a range of model specs:

Prius PHV S Navigation Package

Prius PHV S Safety Plus

Prius PHV S GR Sport

Prius PHV A]

Prius PHV A Premium

Contact us for current availability and pricing if you would like to import your own Prius PHV plug-in hybrid to Australia.

Every vehicle of interest to our clients is carefully inspected in person at auction, with more pictures provided along with market pricing guidance to help set the budget.

There is a good selection of Prius PHV hybrid models going through auction in Japan every week – we can assist with the entire process from choosing the best example to shipping it to Australia.

We specialise in direct car import from Japan and have been sourcing vehicles to order for private Australian buyers for over 25 years.

Every vehicle is hand-picked and we only source the very best.

We make Toyota Prius hybrid import easy with physical inspections of vehicles by experienced staff at over 30 auctions every week in the Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, and Kyushu / Fukuoka regions.

We start by focusing only on vehicles with the highest auction grades. But there is a LOT more involved than just basic auction grading !

Auction reports are often not reliable – we inspect every vehicle of interest in person to ensure it is up to our standard and has the options and features you want.

Most people (even Japanese export agents) do not realise that a significant % of vehicles in Japan are bought and sold by Japanese dealers for a quick profit between different auctions. If you are not aware of this you will almost certainly pay more than you needed to for exactly the same car.

Our experience with this situation alone will often save you more than the cost of our service fee.

Our import agent service includes a pre-check for past auction records using JCHC, at no cost to you. This allows us to rule out:

  • Cars recently auctioned and moved to a different auction for quick resale

  • Graded R (accident repair) cars changed to higher grades

  • Cars that have passed in unsold multiple times indicating a problem with the condition and/or price.

Our thorough Japan auction inspections include checks of engine, transmission, air conditioning / electrics plus pictures inside, outside and underneath showing options / features and any condition issues. Just like the auction history checks, in-person inspections at auction are all part of our service – no extra charge.

Following these rules and being very selective on quality allows us to consistently target first-time auctioned vehicles for our clients in the best condition and at the best price.

We also ensure that any outstanding factory recalls are completed prior to export from Japan, which is essential before import to Australia / SEVS compliance. *Recall work is free in Japan and will be arranged at no extra charge before your vehicle goes to the Port, but please note there will be a small transport charge (generally $200 to $300) to send the vehicle to the nearest Toyota dealer.

Once your Prius PHV has been exported from Japan all original paperwork and additional items such as spare keys and books are sent to you by EMS. This includes the Export Certificate (showing up to the last two re-registration inspection dates and odometer readings, depending on vehicle age) for your peace of mind.

Port clearance and compliance will be arranged for you, and registration can also be taken care of by the compliance workshop for your convenience.

For more detail see How our import process works.

Our automated auction alerts system ensures you never miss a suitable car.

Set up FREE auction alerts to receive daily email updates for the hybrid Prius – the easiest way to monitor auction vehicles in Japan.

Check recent Japan auction Prius PHV hybrid sale price.

View all vehicle import options for Australia.

Toyota Prius PHV hybrid Pictures

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