The best selling hybrid in the world is the Toyota Prius. The green vehicle has been on the market since 1997 and has sold millions of units globally. Toyota is expanding the Prius family with a new version called the Prius Plus. The Plus has three-row seating in some models.
Toyota has announced that it is developing a new alternative electric motor to be used in its hybrid vehicles. The new motor is being designed to reduce the need for rare earth Toyota uses in the construction of its vehicles. The move comes after a spat between Japan and China led to China withholding shipments of rare earth to Japan for a few months.
Toyota, Panasonic and a consortium of twenty other Japanese companies are hoping to take advantage of your shuffling buttocks, with plans to create and commercialize [sub required] movement and heat powered components to reduce wiring in cars. The project - led by an NTT Data lab - believes the new technology could cut down on kilometer of power wiring to the average 150 sensors in a luxury car, though it also has applications in pacemakers and boilers.
Nikkei, a Japanese business news source is reporting that Toyota will be unveiling a Prius that will have built-in solar panels. It is also said to be manufactured by Kyocera Corp. There is no official word on this, since Toyota has not actually confirmed the reports just yet.
Keen A/V addict Simon Smith set out to save money by building his own component rack from scratch. However, as the install continued - complete with multiple audio zones, MythTV-powered PVR and even a fire suppression system - his hobby won him a new set of wheels. Courtesy of Intel and the ZDNet Homebrew Challenge, a brand new Toyota Prius hybrid is sitting outside Simon's house.
The car - worth around £20k in the UK - is almost as gadget packed as Simon's house, and of course is the ideal excuse for him to keep buying A/V kit. Next up is active ventilation and some improved lighting. If you're interested in home automation or distributed media then it's worth checking out his build log.
Toyota has released several renderings of a stunning RWD hybrid concept car that will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2007. Dubbed the FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept, this futuristic vehicle will have a 400-horsepower hybrid powertrain with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and a target performance of 0-60 in 4 seconds.
This “Prius on steroids” as some call it, is envisioned to replace the retired Supra and add more emotional punch to Toyota’s product line which hasn’t had a sports car since they dropped the Supra in 1997.
Over the next three years, Toyota plans to cut the cost of its hybrid technology in half. Also to be reduced is the weight of the hybrid drivetrain, which will increase both fuel efficiency and performance. This next generation Prius is planned for 2009 with an anticipated fuel rating of 90mpg.
This decade Toyota made their mark by introducing the Prius, the first hybrid car to hit the market. The CS&S is a 4-wheel-drive mid-engine 2+2 sports car. Employing Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive, an electric motor drives the front wheels, while a gas engine and electric motor in combination drive the rear. CS&S also unveils Toyota Space Touch, where the driver selects functions by touching holographic projections. The all-wheel-drive sports mobile may have a 105hp next-generation hybrid engine. Thanks to a 3-liter V6 augmented by dual front and rear electric motors, this car boasts a breakneck 0-60 mph in just over four seconds while still offering around 30/mpg under normal driving conditions.
Consumer Reports has published its 2014 automotive top picks, and the top ten is riddled with well-known models spanning multiple auto makers and automotive types. Standing at the top of them all, however, is Tesla Motors' Model S, which has earned the title of "Best Overall" in the latest Top Picks listing.
Facebook serves up a huge amount of data each and every day from the millions and millions of users of its social network. When Facebook introduced its graph search feature, the amount of data the social networks served up increased significantly. Not only did the amount of data served up increase, the speed at which the data was required increased as well.