Recharge Wrap-up: Ford Fusion and Toyota Highlander named Best Hybrids for Families; Funky Prius motorhome
Filed under: Green , Audi , Ford , Tesla , Toyota , Electric , Hybrid Tesla buyers in China will get a Universal Mobile Charger. US News & World Reports names Best Hybrids for Families. Audi EVs to get their own style. Man builds a Toyota Prius motorhome. Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Ford Fusion and Toyota Highlander named Best Hybrids for Families; Funky Prius motorhome Recharge Wrap-up: Ford Fusion and Toyota Highlander named Best Hybrids for Families; Funky Prius motorhome originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Green , Recalls , Toyota , Safety , Minivan/Van , Hybrid Toyota is recalling 5,000 Prius V models over a faulty passenger-side airbag sensor that may not detect a passenger in the event of an accident. Continue reading 5,000 Toyota Prius V models recalled due to airbag issue 5,000 Toyota Prius V models recalled due to airbag issue originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
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
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: 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: LA Auto Show , Hybrid , Wagon , Toyota , Design/Style , Technology The Toyota Prius V is the most utilitarian member of the Prii family with a big jump in cargo space over the rest but maintaining the great fuel economy. For the 2015 model year, the company is giving the wagon an update with a big shift in front end styling and upgraded taillights to go with the revised look. Inside, customers also get a little new technology, as well. The biggest change up front is the reshaped headlights and new bumper that look almost identical to the recent restyling of the Prius + in Europe . Though, the latest parts might be a little polarizing and almost make the wagon look like it has gills at each corner. The top level Prius V Five trim also adds integrated foglights to the design and headlights with LEDs for the high and low beams. Toyota is offering three additional colors too: Attitude Black Metallic, Absolutely Red and Toasted Walnut Pearl. Inside, drivers can get a new, eight-way adjustable power driver’s seat on some models, and there’s now a 4.2-inch TFT screen situated between the gauges on the Three trim level and higher to display information like fuel economy, navigation instructions, climate control settings and more. The upper versions also get Toyota’s latest Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch high-res touchscreen with navigation. Finally, the Advanced Technology Package on the Five trim now includes Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beams.
Filed under: LA Auto Show , Budget , Hybrid , Hatchback , Toyota Few vehicles can match the affordable fuel economy of the $19,000, 53-mile-per-gallon Toyota Prius C , and that fact isn’t likely to change for 2015, as the Japanese company has issued a moderate refresh of its sub-compact hybrid. As mid-cycle refreshes go, this is a pretty standard affair, with a larger grille and tweaked LED headlights at the front of the Prius C, and more expressive taillights at the back. Toyota made some minor changes in the cabin, updating materials throughout, but not fiddling too much with the overall level of equipment. Aside from those modest changes, this is the same fuel-efficient five-door, retaining its 1.5-liter, 73-horsepower, 82-pound-foot four-cylinder, while an electric motor tosses in an extra 26 ponies, for a total system output of 99 horsepower. Along with the 53-mpg highway rating, the C will return 46 mpg in the city. Take a look below for the full press release from Toyota, and then be sure to check out the full gallery of live images, straight from the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Continue reading 2015 Toyota Prius C is still colorful, still gets 53 mpg 2015 Toyota Prius C is still colorful, still gets 53 mpg originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:40:00 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.