Toyota expects hybrids will soon reach 20-percent sales volume globally

Toyota expects hybrids will soon reach 20-percent sales volume globally

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Filed under: Hybrid , Technology , Toyota , Electric Hybrids have come quite a long way from their roots as dull, slow, boring ecomobiles. Today, Porsche sells three hybrid models, one of which is the amazing 918 Spyder . BMW will soon sell four, including a low-slung, two-seat sports car . Even Ferrari and McLaren , full-fledged hypercar manufacturers, are embracing the tech. And all of these cars are sold alongside the same sort of boring cars that popularized hybrids in the first place. According to Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada , though, we should see an even bigger increase in the number of hybrid vehicles in the coming years. “I foresee hybrid models pretty soon reaching 20 percent of global sales from about 13 percent to 14 percent now,” Uchiyamada-san told Automotive News . Uchiyamada is the man behind the original Prius , which gives him some degree of authority on making predictions about hybrid adoption. What’s remarkable, though, is that the 20-percent figure doesn’t include plug-in hybrids, just gas- and diesel-electric models. “Suppliers need higher volumes to slash costs of components specific to plug-in models, including batteries that should be bigger and more capable than the ones used in traditional hybrids,” Uchiyamada told AN.

Next Toyota Prius to get electric all-wheel drive

Next Toyota Prius to get electric all-wheel drive

November 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Technology , Hatchback , Toyota If rumors are to be believed, big changes are in store for the next Toyota Prius . UK outlet Auto Express recently spoke with a Toyota engineer who leaked details concerning the development of the popular hybrid’s successor. According to that engineer, “The next Prius will redefine the hybrid as we know it.” The forthcoming Prius will be constructed on a new C platform, good for a 70-kilogram (153-pound) reduction in weight. The car’s current 1.8-liter engine will be modified, and the electric motor and power inverter will be downsized. But, according to the Auto Express source, it will deliver more power. It will also be more fuel efficient – which we kind of assumed – however, the source is claiming 90 miles per gallon fuel economy (on the UK cycle, we imagine, so something closer to 75 mpg here). If true, that’s definitely impressive. While the standard Prius will get these drivetrain changes, the plug-in version will remain largely the same. That said, both models will receive an electric motor that drives the rear wheels, as part of an e-4WD system. According to the source, Toyota would be, “targeting snowy areas” and said that the rear wheels will be driven at speeds “up to 37 mph.” Interestingly enough, Toyota will stick with nickel-metal hydride battery for the Prius, with lithium-ion fitted for the plug-in model.

2012 North American International Auto Show – Toyota Press Conference

January 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota Motor Sales President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Lentz introduces the Prius c and Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 10, 2012.

Toyota teases NS4 plug-in hybrid concept again

Toyota teases NS4 plug-in hybrid concept again

January 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Detroit Auto Show , Hybrid , Hatchback , Toyota Toyota has released a quick teaser video for the company’s NS4 Plug-In Hybrid Concept ahead of the vehicle’s debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show . Though less than a minute in length, the clip gives us a clear look at the vehicle’s badges as well as quick line-drawing outline. Toyota has released few details about the NS4 beyond saying the vehicle will be an “advanced plug-in hybrid.” Whether that means the vehicle will boast new battery, engine or motor technology remains to be seen. Odds are the NS4 will be used to display new design language for the entire Toyota hybrid fleet. The NS4 Plug-In Hybrid Concept will debut next week, along with the company’s Prius C ; a Yaris -sized hybrid with better fuel economy figures than the current Prius. While the model has received an unveil at the Tokyo Motor Show , we’ve yet to see the vehicle on American soil. Hit the jump to check out the NS4 Concept teaser video for yourself. Continue reading Toyota teases NS4 plug-in hybrid concept again Toyota teases NS4 plug-in hybrid concept again originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota Plug-in Prius priced at $32,000* and Prius V to start at $26,400*

Toyota Plug-in Prius priced at $32,000* and Prius V to start at $26,400*

September 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Wagon , Hatchback , Toyota The Prius Plug-in Hybrid has a price: $32,000. That’s the just-announced MSRP for the base plug-in hybrid, with the top-of-the-line Prius Plug-in Hybrid Advanced jumping all the way up to $39,525. Because the both of these Prius Plug-in models have a 4.4-kWh, 176 pound battery pack, it should qualify for a federal tax credit of $2,500. Toyota has also announced that the larger Prius V , which does not qualify for any tax incentives, will start at $26,400. *All vehicles are subject to a $760 delivery fee. Toyota says the plug-in Prius will be available in 14 western and East Coast states next spring and in all 50 states in 2013. The Japanese automaker is predicting 15,000 sales in the first full year and the Prius family could eventually be the company’s best-selling nameplate once all members are on sale – presuming overall hybrid sales increase. Recently, Toyota announced a partnership with Leviton to provide charging stations. Today, Toyota said that it will offer Leviton’s 16 Amp, Level 2 charging station for $999 (including installation), starting in early October. Starting next month, Toyota will start taking reservations for the Prius Plug-in at its website next month.

Production Toyota Prius Plug-in to debut at Frankfurt Motor Show

Production Toyota Prius Plug-in to debut at Frankfurt Motor Show

August 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show , Hybrid , Hatchback , Toyota Lots of people have been waiting for this news: The production version of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid will make its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September. Toyota says the Prius Plug-in is the next “major milestone” in the automaker’s 40-year quest for sustainable mobility (so, what’s the RAV4 EV , then?). The plug-in hybrid sedan features a newly designed, compact lithium-ion battery that enables the pluggy Prius to achieve a remarkably low fuel consumption rating of 2.2 liters per 100 kilometers (107 miles per gallon U.S.) and CO2 emissions of just 49 grams per kilometer. While the Japanese automaker will continue to focus on hybrid vehicles without a plug, Toyota says the Plug-in Prius is its “flagship” that showcases the latest developments in hybrid-drive technology. It also says that the car’s value and fuel-sipping abilities combine to make it the “ultimate eco car.” We’ll bring you more details on the production version of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid when it takes the stage in Frankfurt. Continue reading Production Toyota Prius Plug-in to debut at Frankfurt Motor Show Production Toyota Prius Plug-in to debut at Frankfurt Motor Show originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 15 Aug 2011 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Prius Plug-in deliveries set for March 2012

Prius Plug-in deliveries set for March 2012

August 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Hatchback , Toyota , Electric The Toyota Prius Plug-in is coming in early 2012, and, according to AutoblogGreen tipster usbseawolf2000, here are a few interesting details: Two trim levels Five exterior colors Deliveries tentatively scheduled for March/April 2012 November, it seems, is the month when Toyota will start taking orders for the Prius Plug-in. Come January 2012, the pluggy Priuses will start rolling down the assembly line. Not convinced? Check out this Toyota start-up date sheet posted on Donlen.com and see for yourself. As for the Prius Plug-in’s MSRP, how does a ballpark figure of below $30,000 sound? Prius Plug-in deliveries set for March 2012 originally appeared on Autoblog 5.0 on Tue, 09 Aug 2011 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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