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Would a manual transmission option be desirable for the Prius compared to the CVT ("automatic" transmission) that is standard now? :?:
 

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No, because the "automatic" transmission in the Prius really isn't a transmission. To go from a single gear (and there is only one forward gear with no reverse) you would have to separate gas and electric motors. You'd lose the "Synergy".

Do a search of the forum for PSD or Power Split Device.

It functions more like a classic differential, via a planetary gearset.
 
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