Toyota’s 2008 Highlander Hybrid Enables «EV Button»

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The next model of the Hybrid will give the option to push a button starting up and thereby defer the of the internal combustion engine, otherwise happens automatically seconds later. Driving in Vehicle Mode is very if you want to move your car the street. You avoid the cold-start, even in an ultra-clean hybrid, is the dirtiest part of the fuel

This is one small but significant by Toyota toward plug-in The company is giving drivers a of the pleasure of silently gliding the street. And it shows their team is paying attention to the in PHEVs.

But let’s not make too fuss: if you gun the engine or go at highway or once you’ve driven a mile, the engine goes on no what. Why only a mile? the technical reason: This and standard hybrids have designed to transfer large of power and remain in the mid-state of charge (e.g. 40-60%). In PHEVs have batteries maximize energy transfers, and across a much wider (e.g.

20-90%). In practical the lithium-ion PHEV Prius store 20-30 times energy than a standard hydride battery Prius.

we reprint a report and discussion at about the feature and its implications. But here’s some background the significance of the EV Button.

Way back in 2003, the new third-generation Prius a mysterious non-functional black to the left of the steering wheel. New owners (I included) discovered in Europe and Asia, this was marked EV, and Americans wanted opportunity. One Texas engineer out that the American cars had the circuitry; the wires weren’t up.

He explained how to do it, and at PriusChat.com and at CalCars.org, we publish the instructions (they’re a popular download at http://www.priusplus.org ). sold little kits all the needed parts. At least hundred people enabled the in the U.S.

This hidden became the starting point of our open-source style project led to CalCars first PRIUS+, in November 2004. It facilitated the of other after-market conversions. At the Toyota said it didn’t the button in the US because it would emissions testing. This made much sense to us.

We did that Toyota saw enough about gas-electric hybrids it wouldn’t want a button EV in a car it has always promoted you don’t to plug it in.

Toyota’s FAQ warned not to install the button. (The version of its faq still mentions the but now reads more broadly, and since there are 4 warranties in a http://www.toyota.com/­vehicles/­2007/­prius/­key_features/­launch_faq.html 25. Does Toyota the modification of my Prius to be a plug-in and run on electric mode only a switch? Any such alterations, or tampering with the vehicle the warranty and is likely to be counterproductive for air and Prius’ durability and safety.

Toyota should now ship Priuses and its Lexus hybrids the EV button enabled.

A few comments:

Geller, in his Plugs and Cars http://plugsandcars.blogspot.com/­2007/­02/­toyota-hybrid-breakthrough-one-mile-ev.html. emphasizes that limitation of the button has nothing to do the the type of battery used.

We excerpts from the Toyota release, noting with that,as it tries to out-muscle efficiency improvements pave the way to power. Toyota didn’t the button; the company singles four inches longer and inches wider. The new Highlander about 500 pounds, growing in every dimension and receiving body and chassis reinforcement, specifically at achieving best-in-class ratings.

Not only were engineers to increase output to 270 net horsepower, were able to maintain Hybrid’s impressive fuel at 31 city and 27 highway.

Many comments show how much yearn to drive electrically.

at the Chicago Auto Show, unveiled the all-new 2008 Hybrid. Toyota has upgraded the system of the new Highlander Hybrid so they can increase the net output, is now up to 270 hp, an increase of 55 over the first model. At the same time, the ratings remain the same at 31 / 27 highway.

The big news, if you can call it is the new Full EV mode.

That there is a switch on the dash the driver to disable the internal engine and run on battery only. that battery is still a metal hydride type, results in a whopping battery range of a whole mile! really comes off as more of an gimmick than anything useful. Aside from the hybrid drivetrain is largely although everything else is.

The new is bigger, wider, more and has airbags everywhere including rows of curtain airbags. The new Hybrid will be available in

Toyota Launches 2008 And Highlander Hybrid At The 2007 Auto Show

February 7, — Chicago — Motor Sales (TMS), Inc. unveiled the all-new Highlander and Highlander Hybrid sport utility vehicles at a press conference today at the Chicago Auto Show.

holds a unique distinction the Toyota brand and within the said Don Esmond, TMS senior president, automotive operations. with the 4Runner and the FJ Cruiser, it one of the industry’s only three-vehicle, SUV line-ups. Equally important, with Prius and Camry it is a key component in the industry’s only hybrid strategy.

The 2008 Highlander is significantly roomier and more powerful the vehicle it replaces. Yet its fuel will be virtually unchanged. It is quieter, smarter, with versatility and ride comfort.

It offer the highest level of safety equipment in a segment safety is at the top of purchase considerations. it’s all wrapped in a package for buyers who want to stand out and a statement.

On the outside, Highlander away from traditional SUV cues with a statement of instead of ruggedness; of intelligence toughness. Calty Design in Newport Beach, Calif. clean, crisp lines, a stable stance and muscular to give Highlander an advanced, forceful and dynamic personality.

rides on an all-new chassis from the current Camry and It is nearly four inches and three inches wider, an inch more ground and three inches of additional

When Highlander arrives in it will be offered in Base, and Limited grades. All three will be powered by a new 3.5-liter V6 delivers an impressive 270 horsepower a 55 horsepower gain over the generation’s 3.3-liter engine.

Two later, the all-new Highlander will arrive at dealerships. in both Base and Limited all Highlander hybrids will Toyota’s advanced VDIM system. The system integrates: • four-wheel drive with • electronic brake and throttle • with true electronically-controlled steering.

Highlander’s advanced Synergy Drive system has extensively upgraded and refined for for both power and economy. The new gained about 500 pounds, significantly in every dimension and extensive body and chassis aimed specifically at achieving crash ratings. Not only engineers able to increase to 270 net horsepower, they were to maintain Highlander Hybrid’s fuel economy at 31 city and 27

As you can see, the new Highlander has raised the bar said Esmond. Last we did the same with RAV4. And in a year, we’ll do the same both Land Cruiser and

The Toyota division now markets a SUV lineup that appeals to buyer demographics and life-stages. It is a that gives us enormous in responding to shifts in the marketplace. We are to keeping our products fresh and at the of the pack.

Reader Comments

1. metal hydride batteries a cycle life of 500-1000 With a range of 1 mile, means that the useful of this battery in full mode is 500-1000 miles. why no mild hybrids have had a full electric mode. Posted at 12:34PM on Feb 7th 2007 by

5. It’s not the battery type, the size of the pack. I go 120 miles on in my RAV4 EV. With more the new Highlander would get more EV It’s Toyota’s decision to you squat.

Of course with battery, logic would a plug to the the cheaper, cleaner, electric grid. Not ready to go yet apparently. http://www.plugsandcars.blogspot.com Posted at on Feb 7th 2007 by marc Geller

6. with a one-mile range, an option is great! How many do you have to shuffle vehicles in driveway by running their for maybe 10 or 20 seconds? This can do with ALL of that, which is the dirtiest kind of driving you do. Kudos, Toyota!

Besides. this will is EASY to simply plug in a (bigger) battery pack. No hacking the system, just the battery! Sweet. Posted at on Feb 7th 2007 by Andrew

7. Peter: more info for you on the web. Toyota does not deep its hybrid packs. The state of (SOC) varies between 20 and EV only mode will not the SOC limits. The BU article refers to cycle in consumer electronics.

while Toyota’s fully RAV-4 used different these have been for more than 100,000 in fleet use since the mid-1990s. packs in well designed like Toyota’s last for the of the vehicle. Posted at 1:42PM on Feb 7th by Ron Fischer

8. The RAV4 uses the battery chemistry but has a much capacity. That is why it lasts for miles. Cycle Life x = Battery Life So 1000 x 120 miles = 120,000 miles EV) But 1000 cycles x 1 mile = miles (Highlander hybrid) if they avoid deep discharge, 1000 cycles is a estimate.

500 is more common and forget that the batteries in a car are to heat, cold, and vibration. The tests from the link I were performed in controlled Posted at 1:54PM on Feb 7th 2007 by

10. One mile seems like — but people drive distances! I’m working on a for a town that is so unpedestrian that they drive store to store in their district, way less than a I live about a mile a train station, and I usually but more people drive. How do you think range would if you yanked out the 3.5l engine and the put in a smaller ICE engine to power the steering, etc if necessary. I think would improve alot if you all that weight.

Now it is just up to owners of these new to feedback to Toyota and tell to increase the range. Posted at on Feb 7th 2007 by Dave

12. Please in mind that the EV button add any complexity to the car — all of Toyota’s support full EV mode, and the market Prius and some Prius models have with the EV button for years. The of the EV mode, although very in range, is seamless and automatic. the battery charge falls a certain level, the gas engine kicks in and the vehicle enters operation mode. It’s not to be a big feature for most people, a fun diversion/experiment from time to

In normal driving, the hybrid enters all electric mode all the sometimes several times a — all transparent to the driver. The just enables a part of the which allows you to demand the vehicle stay in that as long as possible. Posted at on Feb 7th 2007 by Bob R.

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