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Not All Hybrids Created EqualToyota Motor Sales, Ú.S.A., Inc. - When gas prices hit an all-time high during the spring/summer of 2008, the popularity of – and chatter about – hybrid vehicles soared. 'Hybrid' became the buzz word as Americans looked for ways to cut costs while also being environmentally friendly.
But, not all hybrids are created equal. The basic concept of a hybrid vehicle is constant – a combination of two technologies, in this case a gasoline engine and electric motor—that work in tandem to power the vehicle. However, that's about where the similarities end.
Full hybrids-the most advanced
Hybrid powertrains differ in motor and engine combinations. The 'full hybrid' is generally the most advanced type and is the only system that can operate on electric or gasoline power, or a combination of the two. Full hybrids run on electric drive at low speeds, on gasoline and electric drive in traffic, and on gasoline alone at highway speeds. Computers automatically coordinate the electric motor and gasoline engine for an optimal balance of responsive performance, fuel economy and lower emissions.
What's more, wîth a full hybrid, the vehicle automatically shuts off the engine when coming to a stop and restarts the engine as needed when the vehicle begins to move forward again. This prevents wasted energy from idling and starting from a dead stop – two times when a vehicle's engine is the most inefficient.
A full hybrid recharges the hybrid battery during operation, so it doesn't need to be plugged in for recharging. The batteries also recover energy back from the drive train in a process called regenerative braking. Regenerative braking is a mechanism that reduces vehicle speed by converting some of its kinetic energy into a storable form of energy instead of dissipating it as heat as wîth a conventional brake. The captured energy is stored for future use.
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The power-assist hybrid, sometimes called the 'mild hybrid,' relies on the gas engine to power the vehicle at all times. In this type of hybrid, the electric motor only assists the engine as needed for more power greater efficiency and lower emissions. Motors and batteries are less powerful than in full hybrids. The transmission can be automatic or manual, and is largely the same as in a conventional car. As wîth full hybrids, power-assist hybrids also have regenerative braking.
Toyota holds more than 1,000 patents pertaining to hybrid drive trains and shares hybrid technology, licensing cleaner vehicle technology to companies that request it. This approach will support the acceptance of all hybrid vehicles, and has the potential to make Hybrid Synergy Drive the most widely used hybrid standard in the .Source - Toyota
Toyota and Lexus Hybrids Top One Million Sales in the U.S.Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), ÚSA, Inc., announced today that total combined Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicle sales in the Ú.S. have topped the one million mark.
The milestone was achieved wîth an sales-leading six Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles including the Toyota Prius, the world's first mass-produced gas-electric hybrid and the all-time worldwide leader in hybrid sales.
With the expansion of its hybrid technology to a diverse group of vehicles, Toyota has commanded nearly 75 percent of all hybrid vehicles sales in the Ú.S. over the past 10 years. Overall, cumulative worldwide sales of Toyota and Lexus hybrids have exceeded 1.7 million vehicles through January of this year.
'One million hybrids in less than nine years indicates how quickly American consumers have accepted this important technology,' said Jim Lentz, TMS president. 'Toyota's hybrid leadership will continue to expand in the Ú.S. and around the globe. With 10 new hybrid models between now and 2012 in various global markets, we plan to sell one million gas-electric hybrids per year, worldwide, sometime early in the next decade.'
Toyota pioneered modern gas-electric hybrid technology wîth the launch of the Prius in late 1997 in the Japan market. Its popularity in Japan encouraged the launch of Prius in the Ú.S. in July 2000. The first-generation Ú.S. Prius was a low-volume vehicle (12,000 produced annually) that gained an immediate following, particularly among environmentally conscious consumers.
The second-generation Prius launched in the fall of 2003 as a 2004 model year. With larger dimensions, all-new styling, and Toyota's new Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, Prius became an instant hit. By 2005 Toyota was producing over 100,000 vehicles annually for the Ú.S. market. Prius had propelled itself from a niche environmental car into a mainstream vehicle for everyday driving needs. With more than 107,000 sales in 2005 Prius became the third-best selling Toyota passenger car in the Ú.S. after the Camry and Corolla.
From its humble beginnings in the summer of 2000 through February 2009 more than 700,000 Prius have been sold in the Ú.S., making up more than half of the 1.2 million Prius sold worldwide.
The successful launch of the Prius encouraged expansion of its hybrid technology to existing models in both the Toyota and Lexus lineups. In April 2005, Lexus introduced the crossover RX 400h, the world's first hybrid-powered luxury vehicle. Two months later Toyota launched the Highlander Hybrid sport utility vehicle (SÚV).
One year later in April 2006, the Lexus GS 450h made its debut as the world's first front-engine, rear-wheel drive, full-hybrid performance sedan. (concept carz) April 2006 also marked the debut of the Camry Hybrid, becoming the first Toyota hybrid to be built in the Ú.S.
For the third consecutive year, Lexus further expanded its hybrid lineup in July 2007 wîth the launch of the LS 600h L luxury hybrid sedan, the world's first vehicle to feature a full-hybrid V8 powertrain. July 2007 saw the arrival of the second-generation 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SÚV. The all-new Highlander Hybrid raised the bar once again in the mid-size SÚV §egmènt wîth a complete redesign that was improved, refined and expanded in nearly every metric of comparison.
Ongoing improvement to its hybrid technology continues in 2009 wîth the summer arrival of the second-generation 2010 Lexus RX 450h. The all-new RX Hybrid will feature an updated version of Lexus Hybrid Drive that will improve fuel economy by up to 20 percent while generating 27 more horsepower than its predecessor.
Spring 2009 will mark the launch of the all-new and vastly improved third-generation Prius. The 2010 Toyota Prius will once again set new standards for innovative hybrid design and technology, raising its level of convenience features and performance to new heights, including a combined EPA estimated fuel efficiency rating of 50 miles-per-gallon.
Finally, late summer of 2009 will see the launch of the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, the world's first dedicated luxury hybrid vehicle. The HS 250h will be Lexus' fourth hybrid and the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its lineup.
'For Toyota and Lexus, 2009 can easily be called ‘the year of the hybrid' wîth three new offerings including our seventh hybrid model wîth the launch of the Lexus HS 250h,' said Lentz. 'In addition to our growing hybrid presence over the next few years, expanded hybrid offerings from competitors will not only drive innovation and improvement for consumers, it will continue to help improve the environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.'Source - Toyota
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