The Toyota Prius was car that started the hybrid revolution

Gladiator topped the box office. Bill Clinton was the president of the United States. The first season of Survivor aired. These are all distant memories from the year 2000. But the turn of the century also saw something else very important happen: The Canadian debut of the Toyota Prius, the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle. And the Prius nameplate is far from being a memory.

In fact, 15 years after it first came to Canada, there is now a Prius family that counts no fewer than four distinct models in its 2015 stable: the Prius, the Prius c, the Prius v and the Prius plug-in hybrid (or PHEV).

The Prius spawned an automotive revolution, the type of which had arguably not been witnessed since Henry Ford’s time. Namely, the hybrid revolution.