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The idea of flying cars was introduced by sci-fi author Jules Verne in 1904, and has adorned numerous covers of Popular Mechanics magazine since 1906. There has been recent development in cars that fly, including a company that Google co-founder Larry Page invested in, but Toyota’s apparent toe-in-the-water raises some questioning eyebrows. The Japanese automaker […]

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Facing mandates to reduce carbon emissions, Toyota’s chief engineer for the Prius line said this week that more battery power will be required. The hint therefore is at least more plug-in hybrids, and potentially battery electric vehicles are in the offing. No timeline was set, but to those who have seen Toyota as anti-EV, it […]

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As its name implies, the Electra Meccanic Solo battery-electric vehicle has room for a driver only, with room in back for a few bags of groceries. The three-wheeler with driving range of 125 miles isn’t meant to replace the family hauler, but can fill a need, said the company’s CEO, Jerry Kroll. “It addresses the […]

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Toyota has teamed up with students at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) to create a unique concept. Dubbed the Toyota uBox concept, the vehicle is the result of a two-year collaboration with Toyota Motor North America designers and engineers along with the graduate students. Intended to appeal to the next generation of […]

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Wireless charging for EVs has been in the works for a while now, and a demonstration done last week at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) shows just how close it is to being ready for the market. During the demonstration, a 20-kilowatt wireless charging system achieved 90-percent efficiency while charging at three times the […]

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Toyota’s latest patent takes the head-up display to a new level. The Japenese automaker has developed a system that actively scans its surroundings to figure out where information should be displayed on the windshield. By taking into account lane markers, the driver’s viewpoint and the vehicle’s steering angle and speed, the system can actively move […]

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After a hiatus from production ceased last June, the Prius plug-in hybrid is back with a new name, double-sized 8.8-kwh battery and estimated 22 miles EV range. Revealed today in New York, the Prius Prime is the second plug-in car to receive a comprehensive redesign and builds on the fourth-generation Prius hybrid’s platform. Now with […]

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Toyota says that nearly all of its vehicles in the United States will have standard autonomous emergency braking by 2017. That is four years earlier than the goal set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is to make the technology standard across the entire industry by 2022. Both Lexus and Toyota will […]

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With winter in its last grasp, and summer right around the corner, electrified car shoppers may want a car as capable of traveling across country as it is of making it across town. Of course an informed buying decision should also factor day in, day out operation, utility, long-term reliability, and more. However, if you’re […]

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The Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 EV models are being recalled to address an issue with their seat belts. A total of approximately 1,124,000 units are affected by the recall, which includes the 2006-2012 RAV4 and the 2012-2014 RAV4 EV. According to Toyota, the involved vehicles are equipped with lap-shoulder seat belts in both second-row outboard […]

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