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Toyota gained Japanese government approval to build and inspect high-pressure hydrogen tanks. This thereby handles one of the main issues with hydrogen vehicles in that high tank pressures must be sustainable, durable, and reliable. The company said this approval is an important production staging post in its program to launch its first fuel cell vehicle. […]

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Imagine building cars for over 25 years and being surprised with the keys to your own hybrid car, one that you just helped build. That is what happened to Tom Keith. He was the envy of all 7,000 Toyota Georgetown team members when the company announced he had won a 2014 Camry Hybrid in a […]

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While Toyota especially has proven bullish about the prospects of the future hydrogen infrastructure, questions still remain about finding a safe and stable source of hydrogen, and ultimately how much it will cost future users. Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations at Toyota, used the figures of $30 for 300 miles to refuel […]

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It isn’t often that Toyota shows a self-aware sense of humor in its press releases. The latest example, listing three reasons why hybrids should be in everyone’s driveway, starts like this: “You don’t have to be a pious Prius driver (but it sure helps) to enjoy the benefits of hybrid technology.” The pious Prius driver […]

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Eight major automakers and 15 utilities organized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are demonstrating a standards-based, open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The manufacturers involved said the open platform will simplify and streamline vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in […]

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Although it’s taken a few days to filter out to North American media, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has confirmed that the country will offer a substantial subsidy for the new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles being launched in early 2015. “This is the car of a new era because it doesn’t emit any carbon dioxide and […]

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Focusing on the actual driving part of being at the wheel is getting more and more difficult. Not so many years ago, there was little in a car to draw the driver’s attention away from the road beyond the windows, mirrors and speedometer. Today, even a regular mid-market car can feature a plethora of displays, […]

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While Google, Nissan, Toyota and others are pushing hard towards making vehicles less reliant on the people inside them, as with many burgeoning new technologies, there are some who believe such drastic changes are fraught with danger. According to a report in the Guardian, the FBI commissioned an internal study into the potential risks driverless […]

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Lexus is entering the growing compact CUV segment with a model that will be available is hybrid and turbocharged versions, the 2015 Lexus NX. Lexus said the 2015 NX debuts in two versions, the NX 200t with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the NX 300h hybrid, which brings the brand’s number of hybrid offerings […]

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Seventy of Toyota’s i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact personal mobility electric vehicles will hit the road in Europe. As part of a three-year integrated EV car sharing and public transport test project being launched in Grenoble, France in the autumn, this will be i-ROAD’s first official on-road trial in Europe. Toyota said that this October, 70 […]

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