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Toyota FCV Mirai launches in LA; initial TFCS specs; $57,500 or $499 lease; leaning on Prius analogy

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The hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle re-fuels in 3–5 minutes, travels up to 300 miles (482 km) on a full tank, and will be available to customers in California beginning in fall 2015. Electricity generation efficiency has been enhanced through the use of 3D fine mesh flow channels.

Toyota US sales dip in December, flat for 2010; Prius represented 8% of all Toyota vehicles sold in US in 2010

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The Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid posted best-ever December sales of 15,253 units, up 33% by volume over December 2009. Prius logged 140,928 units sold for the full year, up 0.9% Prius thus represented 75% of all TMS hybrids sold for the year; 8% of all TMS vehicles sold in the US during the year; and 14% of all TMS passenger cars sold in 2010. Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) reported a decrease in December sales year-on-year on a raw volume basis of 5.5%.

Prius drops to 48mpg; How will 2008 Prius get 80mpg? Plug-in hybrid?

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Fuel-saving gasoline-electric hybrid cars don't save as much fuel as thought, according to new government fuel-economy ratings available to the public for the first time. Toyota's Prius, the best-known and best-selling gas-electric car in the United States, drops from a 60 mpg rating under the current system to 48 miles per gallon in the city under the 2008 testing procedure -- a 20 percent decline Its highway mileage rating falls about 12 percent, to 45 mpg.

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Toyota Shows Surfrider Camry Hybrid CNG, Two Modified Prius Hybrids at SEMA

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Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) USA has partnered with the Surfrider Foundation to create a specially modified Camry Hybrid fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). Toyota Prius Aerius and Aemulus. Tags: Hybrids Natural Gas Surfrider Camry CNG Hybrid. Click to enlarge.

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All I Want For Christmas Is A Prius SUV

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Well, as crazy as it sounds - it would have to be a Toyota Prius SUV or a Prius crossover vehicle. Even so, I want to make it clear we’ve heard very little from Toyota that would lead us to really believe that Prius SUV’s are coming, not even by Christmas 2010.

Where Plug-In Hybrid Conversions (mostly Priuses) Are

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Our PRIUS+ Project Photos PHEV Resources Global Warming Take Action News and Events Contact Us Where Plug-In Hybrid Conversions (mostly Priuses) Are This is a mirror of the map at Googles RechargeIt site (including icons for YouTube videos on both PHEVs and EVs). Below is a chronology of hybrid Toyota Priuses and Ford Escapes that have been converted. Unless otherwise noted, all are Prius. NREL, June 2006 Toyota Prius by EnergyCS Golden, CO Terry_Penney@.

Will You Invest in a Charging Station?

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Chances are, you know someone who drives a gas-electric hybrid , like the iconic Toyota Prius , or you're driving one yourself. Prius owners haven't had to change their habits to enable them to re-fuel their cars. They re-fuel the same way they always did, at traditional gas stations. They just re-fuel a lot less often. The next phase in

Al Gore Versus the Rare Earth Metals

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Let's imagine for a moment that Al Gore's wish is granted and we all gave up our fossil-fuel guzzling, carbon-dioxide spewing cars in favor of efficient, gas-electric hybrids , like the Toyota Prius. While endangered penguins celebrate the re-growth of the polar ice caps, and we all enjoy watching the executives at Exxon Mobil trade in

Total Sales of Toyota and Lexus Hybrids Top 1M Mark in US

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Toyota plans to introduce 10 new hybrid models between now and 2012 in various global markets, with sales of one million gas-electric hybrids per year, worldwide, sometime early in the next decade. Toyota launched of the Prius in late 1997 in the Japan market, and in the US in July 2000. The first-generation US Prius was a low-volume vehicle (12,000 produced annually). The second-generation Prius launched in the fall of 2003 as a 2004 model year.

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automotive fuel economy, the key to greatly reducing oil use and carbon emissions is gas-electric hybrid cars. The average new car sold in the United States last year got 22 miles to the gallon, compared with 55 miles per gallon for the Toyota Prius.

CMU team details impact of regional and drive-cycle variations on degradation of a PHEV battery pack

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A team at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) led by Dr. Jeremy Michalek has investigated the implications of regional and drive cycle variations on the degradation of a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) battery.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Adds 5,000 Hybrids to Nationwide Fleet

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car is adding approximately 5,000 additional gas/electric hybrids to its nationwide fleet and designating nearly 80 rental locations across the country as “hybrid branches.” Customers in these markets will be able to choose from several makes and models of hybrid vehicles including the Toyota Prius, Nissan Altima, Ford Escape and Toyota Camry.

Scion iQ EV arrives in US for campus and urban car-sharing programs

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The iQ EV is a battery-electric four-seater city commuter car designed for car-sharing programs, in urban and campus environments; Toyota is targeting around 90 units for these applications. Electric (Battery) Plug-ins2013 Scion iQ EV. Click to enlarge.

Honda previews 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid

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Set to go on sale in early 2013, Honda’s 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan ( earlier post ) will offer the ability to run in an all-electric mode for 10 to 15 miles and a calculated total driving range of more than 500 miles. Electric driving is supported by a 6.7

Hybrid Cayenne S is Red Hot!

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You might recall from our earlier coverage that parent company Porsche SE originally intended to place their gas/electric drivetrain in a Volkswagen Touareg hybrid or an Audi Q5 hybrid , both of which share platforms with the Cayenne.

Cash for Clunkers Buoys US Auto Sales; Hybrid Sales Up 31.8% for Monthly New Vehicle Share of 3.55%

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Hybrid gains were largely due to an increase in Prius sales (up 29.7% Some highlights: The all-new redesigned Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid posted best-ever July sales of 19,173 units, up 29.7% Monthly new vehicle market share for hybrids. Click to enlarge.

Toyota digs for Lithium

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From the Reuters post: “A sister company to Toyota Motor Corp secured a lithium supply deal in Argentina on Wednesday that could help the world’s largest automaker keep its lead in gasoline-electric hybrid cars. Lithium, a highly reactive and versatile metal, is expected to be in increasing demand as carmakers choose costly but more efficient lithium-ion batteries to power hybrid and electric vehicles.

Where Did All The Hybrids Go?

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For most of the spring, sales of gas-electric hybrids dropped off due to limited supplies. For example, Toyota has announced that it expects Prius sales in the June to September period to be at least 36,000, according to the HybridCars.com Market Dashboard.

Toyota unveils RAV4 EV demonstration vehicle; targeting fully-engineered version in 2012 for market

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Toyota’s comprehensive technology strategy is a portfolio approach that includes a long-term commitment to hydrogen fuel cells, plug-in hybrids and battery-electrics, all driven by the further proliferation of conventional gas-electric hybrids, like Prius.

US LDV Sales Down 33.7% in May; SAAR Up to 9.91M; Reported Hybrid Sales Down 28.5%; Hybrid New Vehicle Share of 2.8%

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The Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid posted May sales of 10,091 units, down 32.8%. New vehicle SAAR. Data: Autodata. Click to enlarge. Total sales of light-duty vehicles in the US decreased 33.7%

US LDV Sales Down 34.4% in April; Hybrid Sales Down 45.5%

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The Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid posted April sales of 8,385 units, down 61.5%. US LDV SAAR. Click to enlarge. Reported US sales of light-duty vehicles in April dropped 34.4% year-on-year to 819,540 units, according to figures from Autodata.

Ford Conducts Design of Experiment Investigating Thermoelectric Energy Regeneration

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The investigation, conducted by Ford engineers Quazi Hussain, Clay Maranville, and David Brigham, used computer modeling to predict the performance of TE devices of various physical configurations, using average highway-speed exhaust gas flows and temperatures of a 2.5L by Jack Rosebro.

US LDV Sales Fall 37.1% in January; January SAAR Below 10 Million

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The Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid posted January sales of 8,121 units, down 28.6% January SAAR dropped below 10 million. Click to enlarge. Sales of light-duty vehicles (LDV) in the US continued their descent in January, dropping 37.1%

China and the Electric Car | Autos | Smart Spending | Mainstreet

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Even billionaire investor Warren Buffett is betting on the market for more fuel efficient and electric vehicles, including those made in China. Plugging In BYD’s all-electric E6 mid-sized vehicle can run for 250 miles on a single charge and tops out at 100 miles per hour.

China puts its electric vehicles on center stage - China automotive news

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The aggressive plans illustrate Chinas growing commitment to electrified vehicles and its strategy to support auto makers developing various types of electric cars and components with research subsidies. Prius hybrid. Related Articles UK electric car buyers to get £5,000.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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Our PRIUS+ Project Photos PHEV Resources Global Warming Take Action News and Events Contact Us How Carmakers are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity If you ask, "have major auto-makers come around on PHEVs?", Shifted earlier focus to all-electric Focus in 2011 with Magna.