Toyota introduces 7th generation Camry for 2012 with improved fuel economy and performance across all models; ~39% jump in EPA city cycle fuel economy for the hybrid

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The outgoing model carries a 31/35/33 mpg US EPA rating.). The projected city/highway/combined fuel economy for the LE model equates to 5.47, 6.03 Lighter overall vehicle weight also contributes to better performance and fuel economy. The pack comprises 34 NiMH modules, each 7.2

Honda boosts performance and fuel economy on 2013 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe using new Li-ion pack

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The 2013 Honda CR-Z goes on sale 21 November with a number of powertrain, styling and feature upgrades, including a new Li-ion battery pack that replaces the NiMH pack in the MY 2012 CR-Z hybrid and delivers more power and improved fuel economy. 2013 Honda CR-Z. Click to enlarge.

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Toyota details powertrain advances in Gen4 Prius; available E-Four system for all-wheel drive

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Extensive changes to the transaxle, engine and combined hybrid system, generate an expected improvement in EPA estimated MPG on core models of up to 10% (i.e., The Li-ion pack is 31% lighter, with a 6% reduction in size; the NiMH pack is 2% lighter, with a 10% reduction in size.

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Toyota announces expected fuel economy and pricing for RAV4 Hybrid: 33 mpg combined, entry at $28,370

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Toyota anticipates that the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid—unveiled earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show ( earlier post ) and the eighth hybrid in Toyota’s line-up—will receive EPA ratings of 34 mpg city / 31 mpg highway / 33 mpg combined (6.9,

2013 GS 450h EPA-rated at 31 mpg combined; 35% improvement over preceding generation

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Lexus’s 2013 GS 450h—the new generation hybrid version of the GS 350, introduced at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show ( earlier post )— offers EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 29 mpg US city, 34 mpg US highway and 31 mpg US combined (7.7, 2013 Lexus GS 450h.

Prius c hybrid goes on sale in US with entry MSRP of $18,950; new transaxle, motor technology

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Ah NiMH battery and a variable-voltage system in which a boost converter boosts the operating voltage of the system to a maximum of 520 V DC. Estimated EPA fuel economy ratings are 53/46/50 mpg US city/highway/combined (4.4/5.1/4.7 This improves torque in all engine speed ranges as well as increasing fuel economy, and reducing exhaust emissions. The NiMH pack in the Liftback is 201V.) The pack comprises 20 NiMH modules (120 cells), with each module 7.2V

ALABC lead-acid UltraBattery Civic hybrid surpasses 100,000 miles of fleet duty

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Monthly fuel economy of the retrofitted Honda Civic during the first 9 months of the fleet test. DOE researchers attributed the significant fuel economy reduction for May, June, and July as most likely being due to significant mountain driving and the likely use of the vehicle’s air conditioning. The hybrid has also achieved comparable MPG performance with that of the same model powered by Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries but at a significantly lower cost, ALABC said.

Toyota introduces 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid

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Toyota’s goal was to reduce the cost, weight and volume of the pack from the NiMH system used earlier. EPA label calculations do not include Eco mode. 2012 Prius Plug-in hybrid. Click to enlarge.

Mercedes-Benz to Launch ML450 HYBRID 4MATIC in US on 16 November

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The new Mercedes-Benz ML450 HYBRID uses a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine, optimized via the Atkinson cycle, and the two-mode hybrid system to produce 46% better fuel economy than a comparable V8-powered ML550 model. EPA rating is 21 mpg city, 24 mpg highway. kWh 288-volt NiMH pack that’s enclosed under the rear cargo floor. Mercedes-Benz will launch the ML450 HYBRID ( earlier post ) in the US on 16 November.

Insight Becomes First Hybrid Vehicle to Rank as Best-Selling Vehicle in Japan

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NiMH battery pack, Power Control Unit (PCU), motor Electric Control Unit (ECU), and cooling system. In the US, the Insight carries an EPA city/highway/combined fuel-economy rating of 40/43/41 miles per gallon US. Insight sales in Japan from launch. Click to enlarge.

Azure Dynamics and Collins Bus Partner for Hybrid Electric Type A School Buses

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The Electric Power Assist System (EPAS) is located behind the tailpipe on the shuttle bus chassis. The system combines a 100 kW AC induction traction motor, power electronics and 288 V NiMH battery pack with the conventional 5.4-liter Triton gasoline engine and 5-speed automatic Torqshift transmission. The Balance hybrid can deliver up to a 40% increase in fuel economy, 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and 30% reduction in maintenance costs.

Porsche adds second production hybrid model, Panamera S Hybrid

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Optional low-rolling-resistance tires developed especially for the Panamera help this hybrid performance sedan deliver its NEDC fuel economy figure. Official US EPA fuel economy estimates will be available closer to the car’s on-sale date. Panamera S Hybrid. Click to enlarge.

Honda Debuts Production Version of 2011 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe

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The 10 kW electric motor assists in acceleration and also acts as a generator during braking or coasting to capture kinetic energy that recharges the 100V IMA NiMH battery pack. The 2011 Honda CR-Z EX. Click to enlarge.

Mercedes to launch hybrid on Monday

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The vehicle uses a 3.5litre V6 petrol engine and a two-mode hybrid system to produce 46 per cent better fuel economy than a comparable V8-powered ML550 model. Its EPA rating is 24mpg highway, 21mpg city. With a total system performance of 335hp and 517Nm of torque, the electric motors are powered by a 288V NiMH pack that’s enclosed in the rear cargo floor. Motorists in the US can count down the hours until the launch of the new Mercedes ML450 HYBRID.

Toyota introduces other members of the Prius family; mid-size and compact

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The new Prius v, with “v” expressing the vehicle’s versatility, shares the current generation Prius’ platform and Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, including the NiMH battery pack. The Prius v will deliver estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 42 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined (), currently the best fuel economy ratings of any SUV, crossover, or wagon on the market. The Prius (left) and the new Prius v (right). Click to enlarge.

More Details on the Lexus CT 200h Hybrid Powertrain; 42 mpg US Combined

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seconds; its EPA estimated fuel economy rating is 42 mpg US (5.6 Together, these technologies minimize situations when fuel enrichment is necessary to protect the catalytic converter from overheating damage, thereby improving fuel economy and lowering emissions.

Volkswagen targeting 5% of Jetta sales in US with new sporty Hybrid model; expected 45 mpg combined

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Volkswagen, seeing the hybrid as complementary to the Jetta TDI diesel in attracting different, yet equally fuel-economy-conscious buyers, is initially targeting 5% of Jetta sales in the US for the new hybrid model. The company anticipates EPA-rated combined mileage of around 45 mpg US (5.2

Prius v first member of expanded family to go on sale in US; 58% more cargo space than original Prius, with 42 mpg combined

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Despite the new spaciousness, the Prius v will deliver estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 44 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 42 mpg combined (5.35, 5.88 The NiMH battery pack is the same as on the third-generation Prius liftback, but with a cooling duct located under the rear seat.

Mixed Outlook for Mainstream Consumer Adoption of PHEVs

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Bubble chart of plausible mainstream PHEV buyers’ battery requirements (light and dark gray circles) and experts’s requirements overlaid on a Ragone plot of NiMH and Li-ion batteries. The Most Plausible Early Market consumers value fuel economy. That could yield more than 50 mpg of fuel economy—or usage of less than 300 gallons per year—and still be a lot cheaper than a plug-in hybrid or a fuel cell vehicle, he noted.

Toyota Previews Generation III 2010 Prius Hybrid

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The Gen III Prius offers an EPA-rated combined cycle fuel economy of 50 mpg (now revealed to comprise 50 mpg city and 49 mpg highway). This is about a 10% improvement in EPA-rated combined cycle fuel economy over the older generation. liters in the older Prius) that provides greater torque at lower RPM for improved fuel economy, especially on the highway. Nominal pack voltage of the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery remains at 201.6

Electric Car Makers: Oregon Wants You - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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Even so, most next gen EV manufacturers are focused on lithium ion (and to a lesser extent NiMH) as the core technology to power their cars. Many of the first Prius hybrids that were released are still running strong on their NiMH batteries after 100,000+ miles.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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2010 Prius designed to be manufactured with NiMH or Lithium batteries. 2/12/07 GM is aggressively pursuing plug-in hybrids "because of the tremendous potential to significantly increase fuel economy," according to spokesman Brian Corbett. The Omori factory currently produces NiMH cells.