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 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. The amount of water on fuel cell electrolyte membranes has a substantial influence on electricity generation efficiency. Electric traction motor and battery. The Prius analogy.

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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. Bloomberg reported in November that Toyota may be planning to turn the Prius into a full line of hybrid vehicles, taking advantage of the badge that is nearly synonymous with gas-electric cars.

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Where Plug-In Hybrid Conversions (mostly Priuses) Are

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

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@.

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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). The Toyota Surfrider Camry Hybrid CNG and two modified Prius gas-electric hybrid vehicles are on display in the Environmental Lifestyle Zone of the Toyota vehicle display at the 2009 SEMA Show. Toyota Prius Aerius and Aemulus. Tags: Hybrids Natural Gas Surfrider Camry CNG Hybrid. Click to enlarge.

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%.

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Toyota: Prius PHEV Fuel Economy Not Yet Available

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Most importantly, these vehicles are not representative of the lithium-ion battery-powered next-generation Prius PHVs that will be delivered to lease-fleet customers later this year. When asked about the mpg performance of PHVs—either lithium or nickel battery powered—we have consistently answered that we believe that PHV mileage will vary dramatically, depending on driving style and driving conditions.even more dramatically than with a conventional gas-electric hybrid.

Will You Invest in a Charging Station?

All Cars Electric

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

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Earth Policy Institute Joins

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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. Beyond this, a gas-electric hybrid with an additional storage battery and a plug-in capacity would allow us to use electricity for short distance driving, such as the daily commute or grocery shopping.

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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

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.

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Hybrid Honda SUV? We Keep Hoping!

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From a historical standpoint, Honda was the first auto manufacturer to bring a gas-electric vehicle to the American market when they launched the original Honda Insight in December of 1999. market for several years, Honda stayed the course and didn’t jump on the gas guzzling V8 wagon. Does Honda know that many thousands of people are patiently waiting for them to announce their first hybrid SUV?

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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 Market Dashboard. During the same time period, sales of electric vehicles were low. Long-term, sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles ( PHEVs ) and pure electric vehicles (EVs) look promising.


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. litre twin-supercharged V6 engine alongside a 52 horse electric motor, a 288 volt nickel metal hydride battery, all directed by an 8 speed automatic transmission.

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.

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. The Promise China announced new efforts early this month to become one of the world’s top manufacturers of hybrid and electric cars within the next three years, which could mean a significant challenge to the electric car efforts undertaken by struggling U.S.

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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?", GM has announced plans for public sales in 2010, and almost every carmaker now says it will sell PHEVs or highway-speed battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sometime after 2010. Shifted earlier focus to all-electric Focus in 2011 with Magna.

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

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Print E-mail Text Size: China puts its electric vehicles on center stage From:WSJ April 22, 2009 Chinese auto makers are unveiling a slew of battery-powered cars and other energy-efficient vehicles at this weeks Shanghai auto show that could make them more globally competitive and eventually help address the air pollution that chokes many Chinese cities. Prius hybrid. Among the most notable: a gas-electric hybrid Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. | ?? |

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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. EPA fuel economy ratings and gas-electric range rating determined by Honda.). Electric driving is supported by a 6.7 In “HV Charge” mode, the Accord PHEV blends gasoline and electric power while also augmenting the battery charge level.

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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. For the vehicle, they used specifications similar to a Toyota Prius with a 5 kWh Hymotion ANR26650 LiFePO 4 /Graphite pack comprising cylindrical cells manufactured by A123 systems.

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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. Toyota believes battery-electric vehicles have the potential to play a role in future mobility strategies. Electric (Battery) Plug-ins2013 Scion iQ EV. Click to enlarge. Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) USA announced the arrival of the 2013 Scion iQ EV in the United States. Earlier post.)

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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.

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. Tags: Batteries Electric (Battery The RAV4 EV demonstrator. Click to enlarge. Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, unveiled the second-generation Toyota RAV4 EV demonstrator vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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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. Buoyed by the US government’s CARS (“Cash for Clunkers”) program, US auto sales slowed their decline in the US in July, dropping on 12.1% to 997,824 units, according to summary figures from AutoData.

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% by volume year-on-year in May 2009 to 925,824 units, according to figures compiled by Autodata. Although still a significant decrease compared to the prior year, the May 2009 results were the highest of the year so far, and raised the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) to 9.91

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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. Sales of passenger cars dropped 34.2% to 432,939 units, while sales of light trucks dropped 34.5% to 386,601 units. April 2008 and April 2008 both had 26 selling days.

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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 Thermoelectric (TE) devices produce a voltage potential as a byproduct of a difference in temperature; that potential can then be used to drive an electrical current. by Jack Rosebro.

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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% by volume year-on-year to 656,976 units, according to figures from Autodata. The January 2009 Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) dropped below 10 million units to 9.57 million—a 38% drop compared to the January 2008 SAAR of 15.37

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