Filed under: Green , Toyota , Japan , Manufacturing/Plants , Hydrogen Toyota built 500 Lexus LFA supercars between 2010 and 2012 in what Automotive News has called a “secretive workshop.” The automaker has been wondering what to do with that production line since the last LFA rolled off in December 2012 and, like so much else for Toyota these days, the answer is a hydrogen car – and in about the same small numbers. Continue reading Toyota has 200 orders for 2016 Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car Toyota has 200 orders for 2016 Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Government/Legal , Green , Honda , Hyundai , Toyota , Alternative Fuels , Hydrogen The $8,000 US federal tax credit for hydrogen vehicles will expire at the end of 2014, but don’t count this thing down and out quite yet. Some credits that expired a year ago were just renewed by the slow-moving 113th Congress. Continue reading US Congress lets $8,000 hydrogen vehicle tax credit expire US Congress lets $8,000 hydrogen vehicle tax credit expire originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Green , Toyota , Emerging Technologies , Electric , Hybrid Chargemaster has received an investment from Qualcomm for wireless charging in the UK. Of the 27,000 charging stations it has already installed, 10,000 are ready to be adapted for inductive charging, according to Chargemaster. Dr. Anthony Thomson of Qualcomm says that with this investment (of a currently undisclosed amount), “we are taking another step towards deployment of a convenient and easy to use WEVC network.” The convenience of wireless charging not only makes life easier for current EV drivers, but could also help convince more people to make the switch to electric driving. Read more at EV Fleet World or at Hybrid Cars . Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Qualcomm invests in Chargemaster, gamers will appreciate these Toyota Prius C ads Recharge Wrap-up: Qualcomm invests in Chargemaster, gamers will appreciate these Toyota Prius C ads originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Government/Legal , Green , Videos , Mazda , Toyota , Green Automakers , Electric , Racing Zap and Jonway Auto brought their Urbee EV and their new Falcon A-380 SUV to the Peru Motor Show in Lima. Jonway sells its SUV and minivan in Lima through Dai-Ichi Motors, which displayed the cars at the show. According to the companies, their cars “received tremendous interest from the public,” including private citizens as well as groups who would use the EVs for security guard service or campus use. Read more in the press release below . Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: First EV to attempt Dakar Rally, Mazda makes bioplastic parts Recharge Wrap-up: First EV to attempt Dakar Rally, Mazda makes bioplastic parts originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Green , Toyota , Hybrid When the designers thought they were just about finished with the new look of the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid, higher-ups did not like what they saw and sent those designers back to the proverbial drawing board to come up with something a little spicier. Duly inspired, the designers came up with something last spring that may look a bit like the C-HR crossover concept , Automotive News says. For those looking for a Prius design with a little more bite, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Toyota says C-HR Concept is more of a Prius preview than we thought originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Green , Toyota , AutoblogGreen Exclusive , Green Culture , Electric , Hydrogen “Toyota engineers were simultaneously working on a brand new technology that met all the driver’s needs with an even smaller carbon footprint.” Continue reading New Toyota Mirai videos continue questionable hydrogen claims New Toyota Mirai videos continue questionable hydrogen claims originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Green , Detroit Auto Show , Honda , Mercedes-Benz , Toyota , Electric , Hydrogen Honda will bring its FCV Concept to the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The hydrogen-powered concept made its Japanese debut in November, and will now make its way to North America for the first time. The FCV concept improves upon the design of the FCX Clarity with a more striking appearance and roomier interior. Its smaller powertrain packaging means more space for people, and the FCV Concept seats five passengers. Honda also expects the next-generation fuel-cell car, which is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in March 2016, to cost less and have a range of over 300 miles. Read more in the press release below . Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Honda FCV Concept comes to Detroit, Toyota seeks young green energy fellows Recharge Wrap-up: Honda FCV Concept comes to Detroit, Toyota seeks young green energy fellows originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Green , Videos , GM , Toyota , Emerging Technologies , Electric , Hydrogen “What we need is fuel cells that can run on a hydrocarbon fuel and air.” Continue reading There’s a familiar ring to this 1966 video of GM’s hydrogen ElectroVan There’s a familiar ring to this 1966 video of GM’s hydrogen ElectroVan originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Car Buying , Hybrid , Toyota , Electric “As Prius represents by far the biggest chunk of the hybrid marketplace, where Prius goes, the segment goes,” – Ed Kim, Autopacific Fuel prices in the US have been tumbling for the last several weeks, with the average price of a gallon of gas at $3.120 as of October 20, according to the US Energy Information Administration. That price reflects a serious recent drop from $3.299 on October 6. Reports have even suggested that those low numbers might not change for a little while , perhaps as long as years. While drivers certainly love paying less at the pump, the change may be hurting the market for more fuel-efficient models, including the Toyota Prius . According to a report from National Public Radio, sales of hybrids, plug-ins and EVs are down around 5 percent for the year , but trucks and SUVs have seen a 17 and 20 percent improvement, respectively. Autoblog Green’s By the Numbers reports indicate similar figures of around a 5.4 percent drop so far in 2014. In fact, as of September, green-car sales have endured their fourth straight month of declines . That segment of the market fell 11 percent year-over-year in August and 9.6 percent in September. “As Prius represents by far the biggest chunk of the hybrid marketplace, where Prius goes, the segment goes,” Ed Kim, Vice President of Industry Analysis at AutoPacific tells Autoblog . That paints a bleak picture for hybrids, because at the moment, the Prius is doing pretty poorly.
Filed under: SUV , Etc. , Lexus , Toyota , Australia , Diesel Australian consumers appear poised to get another diesel-burning luxury SUV in the near future, and word is it’s coming from Lexus , of all automakers. Sean Hanley, chief executive of the company’s branch in Oz, recently told Aussie website Drive that he’s “pretty confident” that the new engine for the LX is getting the green light. Like in the US, the LX in Australia is currently only offered with a 5.7-liter, gasoline-burning V8. However, sales of the big SUV are presently minuscule Down Under, with Drive reporting just 153 LX570s sold in all of Oz last year. Hanley is negotiating with Japan to get the new diesel in hopes of boosting flagging sales. If his efforts are successful, it would be the first diesel engine offered in a Lexus there. Hanley didn’t specify exactly which mill the SUV would get. However, given the LX’s close relationship with Toyota Land Cruiser , the diesel 4.5-liter twin-turbo V8 already available in the Toyota in markets outside of North America seems like a natural choice. Don’t expect the variant to be hopping across the Pacific, though.