Toyota experimenting with a plugin electric Prius

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TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Toyota experimenting with a electric Prius

Toyota’s Prius hybrid — to go primarily electric?

July 31, Toyota’s Prius was pretty the mass-market pioneer of hybrid and its sales success has demonstrated to the that a significant sector of the are willing to pay a premium for a car that’s exceptionally fuel-efficient and environmentally Still, it remains a petrol-based car in its form, using its electric mainly to maintain cruising and charging it indirectly through the of the petrol engine. Toyota’s announcement could turn equation on its head – by incorporating longer-lasting batteries and enabling overnight charging, they’re with making the Prius a electric-powered car that only back on petrol when it has to. The changes could give the massive fuel economy if for short commutes – between 100 and 500 per gallon is possible.

Although the company’s sticking old-school nickel-metal hydride instead of the latest lithium-based ( and it may well only be doing in response to some smart operators ) this could be our glimpse of a mass-market commercial car runs primarily on batteries, but has all the of petrol to fall back on.

Motor Sales, U.S.A. recently announced that it provide Toyota plug-in hybrid prototypes to the Advanced and Energy Program at the University of Irvine (UCI) and the Institute of Studies at the University of California, (UCB), as part of its on-going mobility development program the two UC campuses. Also, today, Motor Corporation (TMC) that the Japan Ministry of Infrastructure, and Transport has certified plug-in hybrid vehicles for use of testing on Japan public

Toyota has a long history of collaboratively with both on the development of advanced technology and vehicles, including demonstration and programs involving fuel vehicles, gas-electric hybrids and electric vehicles. This phase of its sustainable mobility involving plug-in hybrid will be conducted in conjunction the Alternative Fuel Incentive jointly developed by the California Air Board (CARB) and the California Commission (CEC). The goal of program, which was authorized California Assembly Bill is to incentivize the use and production of alternative and vehicles.

Our goal with program is to evaluate various vehicle technologies, as well as key such as infrastructure, intelligent systems, and urban design, Dave Illingworth, senior president and chief planning for TMS. The Toyota Prius mainstream consumers on the merits of Although there is much to be done with plug-ins, we see pilot program as a significant in the advancement of the technology.

A conventional gas-electric full system, such as that in the Toyota Prius, is powered by an electric motor and a gas engine. The operates in pure-electric mode, mode, or a combined gas-electric The electric motor is powered by a battery pack that is charged by electricity generated by the gas and the vehicle’s re-generative braking

The fact that the hybrid never needs to be plugged-in to a station has been one of the primary points with mainstream

Based on the current-generation Prius, the prototypes will be powered by packs of nickel-metal hydride that effectively simulate the of performance Toyota expects to when it eventually develops its own advanced, compact and powerful systems.

The prototype PHEV system is to operate in a similar manner to the Prius, switching from mode, to gas-engine mode to a gas-electric mode. The big advantage is the PHEV’s prototype battery is capable of storing significantly levels of electricity, supplied by into the grid for periodic sessions. With significantly electric power in reserve, the will be capable of operating in mode for longer periods of and at much higher speeds the current Prius.

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

This result in substantial gains in economy and a major reduction in tailpipe emissions of smog-forming over current conventional systems.

Given its commercial it’s no surprise that the advancement of hybrid technology is a top for Toyota. As of the end of May 2007, cumulative of Toyota hybrid vehicles topped the one million mark, a sales number the company to hit annually in the early 2010s.

The U.S. market accounts for than half of Toyota’s million hybrid sales—604,693 from the first Prius in 2000 through June And despite decreasing tax credits, continues to climb.

An analysis by The News showed Toyota for 80 percent of the U.S. hybrid in May, a month that saw hybrid sales jump than 100 percent over the May. The company’s hybrid for the first six months of 2007 are up 69 over the same period year.

The cost-benefit of hybrids is more apparent with gas prices, says Jim Lentz, TMS vice president. We anticipate sales of Toyota and Lexus in the United States to reach a million units this

The price of gas isn’t the only people purchase hybrids; are concerned about reducing on foreign oil and tailpipe emissions. A study by the National Renewable Laboratory says hybrids saved close to 215 million of fuel in the United States their introduction in 1999.

Additionally, Toyota estimates over the past decade, worldwide have emitted 3.5 million fewer tons of CO2 gas-powered vehicles of the same

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

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