Review Toyota Alphard Electricandgasoline Hybrid Mini Van

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Review: Toyota Alphard Hybrid Mini Van

The Alphard’s monitor tracks the van’s power

By Justin Gardiner Today

French movie Jean Reno, aka Mr Alphard, Toyota’s flagship people almost exactly a year At that time, it was only with 3-liter V6 and 2.4-liter 4 gasoline engines, recent legislation having reduced the of diesels. Although they are not inefficient engines, thanks to BEAMS technology, they in fact, far more environmentally than standard units.

coupled to a two-ton vehicle all the aerodynamic grace of a barn, became gas guzzlers, returning 9 kilometers/liter, according to Toyota, but than half of that in the world.

Hence, this hybrid launched just over a ago, and featuring the same as the 100 miles-per-gallon, 35.5km/L Toyota While the hybrid Prius has a 1.5-liter engine, the Alphard is by the standard 2.4-liter, plus two motors, one up front, and one nestling the rear axle. In a system Toyota calls E-Four, the van is a front-engined, front-wheel drive but automatically becomes 4WD, or (electric only) rear-wheel depending on driving conditions.

attractions The first indication this van is a bit special comes you turn the ignition key. it appears that nothing has but if you listen carefully, the faint hum of motors can be picked up and the gas motor is about audible. Select release the brakes and away you almost silently, under power. A digital display on the lets you know what’s on: power from the van’s battery is turning the front

Touch the accelerator and a second arrow points from the virtual battery to the rear doubling your power.

the throttle still further out the yellow arrows, but an orange to the front wheels appears in place, indicating that the gas is now taking the load. Floor the and the electric motors cut back in, the driver with all the power the can muster.

Fascinating-if not downright especially when the driver off the throttle and the arrows reverse and green, showing that the forward momentum has turned the into dynamos, and the battery is now ready for the next stop-start. The of this is not only that spend less time the road ahead (bad but that they end up trying to without using the gasoline as much as possible (good resulting in smooth, highly journeys. Transitions between and electric power would be all but without that display, and the silky smooth ride is by its continuously variable automatic which keeps the gasoline at an even speed, and therefore, note, at all road speeds.

Altogether, the hybrid system is of pushing out over 170PS; 131 the engine, 17 from the front and 25 at the rear, which is enough to surprisingly sprightly acceleration for little effort and to keep the van along at 140km/h on the highways.

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added bonus of all that power is the three 100V AC outlets, one between the front one facing the second row of passengers, and the in the trunk ready to power and outdoor gear. Each can out a belting 1500W, enough to run a dryer, though the engine need to be started first. As most three-row, eight-seater all seats can be folded down to a mammoth bed, and the center row backwards and forwards and spins, the rear occupants to face other.

The rearmost row can also move and aft, or be folded out of the way, to luggage space.

Unlike other people carriers, the seats have fold-down in their backs for the back passengers, prompting wittier to look under their for flotation devices and to search the for oxygen masks. Nonsmokers can the circular ashtrays, thus the number of cup holders, or use the separate air-conditioning to clean their of second-hand smoke. Also, for this class, there are doors on both sides, for an additional Ґ120,000 can be opened

Airbags are of course fitted as up front, but the family man’s much essential optional of side and curtain airbags an additional Ґ85,000.

Creature Not that Alphards are being exclusively by families. The space and of comfort inside equals or that of Lexus or Mercedes so it is hardly surprising that companies and government ministries are them to their fleets. at Ґ3.6 million, only 20 more expensive than all-gasoline stablemates, hybrid make financial sense,

We didn’t come close to claimed mileage in our long of city driving, but we still just under 10km for liter of regular octane double what could be from the petrol versions. And forget, vehicles that to qualify for at least three on the government’s new emissions rating will incur penalty from 2010. The ultra-green of course, passed with colors.

Toyota Alphard Electric Cars
Toyota Alphard Electric Cars
Toyota Alphard Electric Cars
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