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A Prius plug-in to be tested by Toyota in Japan

Posted in Electric Cars, Hybrid, Toyota by will bee | July 20th, 2007 | 2 Responses |

Toyota Plug-in Prius

It has been reported that Toyota is preparing to plug-in to the idea that there is enough demand and sufficient need to test a plug-in hybrid Prius. That was the report on Green Car Congress bringing news from Japan that Toyota has applied for permission from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to test their new plug-in Prius. Not only will they be testing the technology that some in California have been voiding their Toyota warranties to enjoy but the test Prius’ will be coming with the li-ion batteries that have been an issue for the company. It seems in prior attempts Toyota has complained about the li-ion batteries over-heating, but maybe this is a sign that they have addressed that issue.
Either way Toyota’s test plug-in is a real win for those who have tauted their plug-in success with 100+ mpg for over a year now. Way to catch-up Toyota!


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  1. Mihdi says:

    Something I’ve always wondered about these “eco-friendly” vehicles. Maybe it’s just me. So, these hybrids utilize a gas/electric model. Ok, now I can see if the electric side of the vehicle was say solar-powered; sure this equals eco-friendly. Other than that the batteries are rechargeable; if I understand the functionality of the hybrid vehicle’s batteries. So, the point, most places that provide electricity do not use eco-friendly power plants sooooo wouldn’t it still be the same thing just another name? Heck, I could see if these vehicles started using an alternate fuel source, but that will not happen anytime soon. So, again, just how eco-friendly are these hybrids?

  2. Dee says:

    The hybrids are a just mere stepping stone that’s helping lower the fuel usage. There are hybrids that do use an alternate fuel source.. such as Biodiesel, compressed natural gas, diesel, ethanol, hydrogen, then the ever popular Petroleum.

    It is said that the batteries might turn into a toxic nightmare when the nickel metal hydride batteries in today’s hybrids end up in landfills. Toyota is already in developement of making a new battery system (lithium-ion) that is lighter and smaller and safer for the environment than the Prius’ plug-in battery.

    There are many power plants that are in developement and used today that uses natural gas, which uses a cycling combination to reuse the gas.. in easy terms, these new plants are recycling.

    It’s just a matter of time and patience.. if I could get a hybrid that meets my power and style demand, I would definitely look into buying one.