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Model year 2000 marked the beginning of hybrid vehicles sales in the U.S., today there are 41 hybrid passenger cars, trucks and SUVs on the market, but for those just learning about them, consider this an introduction. In essence, a hybrid is an otherwise ordinary vehicle that’s distinguished by its powertrain – or, what makes it […]

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Toyota announced it is using one of the hardest materials in nature, silicon carbide, to develop a semiconductor chip it hopes will improve the fuel efficiency of its hybrids, such as the Prius, by as much at 10 percent. The company and its partners announced May 20 that they have developed a silicon carbide (SiC) […]

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