Toyota to Trial New SiC Power Semiconductor Technology

Toyota to Trial New SiC Power Semiconductor Technology

January 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota City, Japan, Jan. 29, 2015 — Using a Camry Hybrid prototype and a fuel cell bus, Toyota Motor Corporation will bring a brand new technology to the streets of Japan for testing this year. The tests will evaluate the performance of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, which could lead to significant efficiency improvements in hybrids and other vehicles with electrified powertrains.

Toyota Alphard and Vellfire JDM minivans look weirder than ever

Toyota Alphard and Vellfire JDM minivans look weirder than ever

January 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Toyota , Japan , Minivan/Van , Hybrid Don’t expect to see many Siennas on the road in Japan. Back at home, Toyota sells the Alphard and Vellfire, and now it’s launched revised versions of both. Continue reading Toyota Alphard and Vellfire JDM minivans look weirder than ever Toyota Alphard and Vellfire JDM minivans look weirder than ever originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota announces production increase for Mirai fuel cell vehicle

Toyota announces production increase for Mirai fuel cell vehicle

January 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Green , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota , Japan , Hydrogen Toyota will ramp up production of its Mirai fuel-cell vehicle from 700 units this year to 2,000 in 2016 on higher demand. Continue reading Toyota announces production increase for Mirai fuel cell vehicle Toyota announces production increase for Mirai fuel cell vehicle originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Tokyo wants 6k fuel-cell cars from Toyota and Honda for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo wants 6k fuel-cell cars from Toyota and Honda for 2020 Olympics

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Government/Legal , Green , Technology , Toyota , Car Buying , Alternative Fuels , Emissions , Green Driving , Japan , Emerging Technologies , Sedan , Hydrogen The government in Tokyo, Japan, is embarking on an aggressive plan to put 6,000 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and have 35 hydrogen refueling station in the city in time for the Olympic games there in 2020. It’s working with Toyota and Honda to hopefully make the goal a reality. Continue reading Tokyo wants 6k fuel-cell cars from Toyota and Honda for 2020 Olympics Tokyo wants 6k fuel-cell cars from Toyota and Honda for 2020 Olympics originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota Crown celebrates 60 years

January 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Toyota , Japan , Sedan The Crown was Toyota’s first export to the US, to Europe and to Africa, and this year the company’s oldest nameplate marks its 60th anniversary. Continue reading Toyota Crown celebrates 60 years Toyota Crown celebrates 60 years originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Recharge Wrap-up: Toyota Prius, V earn IIHS awards, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV approved for V2H

December 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Green , Technology , Lexus , Mitsubishi , Toyota , Safety , Electric , Hybrid Toyota hybrids get top marks for safety, Japan approves Mitsubushi Outlander PHEV for V2H duty and the Electric Vehicle Institute visualizes charging connectors around the world. Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Toyota Prius, V earn IIHS awards, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV approved for V2H Recharge Wrap-up: Toyota Prius, V earn IIHS awards, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV approved for V2H originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota has 200 orders for 2016 Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Recharge Wrap-up: Honda Grace hybrid goes on sale in Japan, Daimler spends 100M euros on batteries

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Green , Honda , Mercedes-Benz , Toyota , Manufacturing/Plants , Electric , Hybrid , Racing The Mercedes-Benz S-500 Plug-In Hybrid has earned an Environmental Certificate from the T

Recharge Wrap-up: Honda FCV Concept comes to Detroit, Toyota seeks young green energy fellows

December 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Toyota calling for independent, industry-wide Takata airbag testing

Toyota calling for independent, industry-wide Takata airbag testing

December 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Safety , Toyota The initiative is still very new, and there’s no set timeframe for this third-party testing to begin. With Takata’s airbag inflator recall expanding nationwide soon , the scope of this safety campaign is only growing, and is set to affect millions of additional vehicles. Toyota thinks that it can help, though. The Japanese automaker has announced an initiative to get all of the affected companies to band together to fund independent, third-party testing of the faulty components. The goal of this work is to “ensure the inflators that require replacement are accurately identified and promptly fixed,” according to Toyota. All of the data would be shared among the participating automakers to better understand the causes of these problems, which still aren’t entirely known , and come up with the best way to repair the affected vehicles. “By combining our collective efforts behind a coordinated, comprehensive testing program, we believe we can achieve greater results. Together we will be better equipped to address this issue more rapidly for all customers,” said Simon Nagata, President and CEO, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, in the company’s release. According to Toyota spokesperson Cindy Knight speaking to Autoblog , the initiative is still very new, and there’s no set timeframe for this third-party testing to begin. The automaker’s first step is simply getting the word out that it’s looking for partners.

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