I’d heard the rumors. Seems they were true. The gas engine in the Prius sometimes shuts down on the freeway. I had trouble starting mine when I rented one. Turns out I was just doing it wrong.
“Toyota is recalling 160,000 of its popular Prius hybrid cars because of an electrical / software problem that could cause the engine to stall. … Toyota suspects a computer glitch. The problem can shut off the gasoline engine but is not regarded as a safety issue because drivers can still count on the hybrid’s electric motor to steer to the side of the road. ” – more