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Hyundai is reportedly working on a compact hybrid car, and several development mules of the potential Toyota Prius rival were caught testing in public. AutoGuide has a gallery full of photos, and reports that while the mules used current five-door Elantra GT bodyshells, not to expect a hybridized Elantra, but rather a standalone model. The rough […]

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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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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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The fourth-generation Toyota Prius is being delayed half a year from its proposed spring 2015 production launch to December 2015, say unidentified sources at Toyota. Citing a number of vaguely expressed issues the company wants to make sure it gets right, sources told Automotive News the company is of necessity pushing things back. Officially, Toyota […]

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The United States’ oldest National Park will be receiving more battery power. Toyota Camry hybrid batteries will soon be used to power the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus in Yellowstone National Park. Toyota said it’s a new lease on life for the batteries and new, zero emission, energy option for the Park. The company said the […]

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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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Toyota UK is celebrating 100,000 hybrid vehicles sold since its technology was launched. It was 14 years ago, on Oct. 19, 2000, that Toyota began UK sales of its first-generation Prius. Toyota said the 100,000th hybrid sold in the UK is British-built, an Auris Hybrid Touring Sports in top-of-the-range Excel trim, produced by Toyota Manufacturing […]

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The simplest definition for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) is one that relies on two different power sources. Beyond that, a plethora of terms being bandied about today can make things appear unnecessarily complicated. Cutting through the sea of words, hybrids can basically be divided into three main types: These are: full hybrids, mild hybrids, […]

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Drivers in the market for a new car and interested in the greener choices out there can learn about the 10 Best Green Cars of 2014, as selected by Kelley Blue Book (KBB) editors. Taking the top spot on this annual list for 2014 is the all-new, all-electric BMW i3. Each year KBB.com editors compile […]

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Consumer Reports has named Lexus its top-ranked brand for overall reliability and performance while the Prius was named again “Top Pick” in the Green Car category. In the shopping guide’s rankings of the top automotive brands, Lexus’ overall score of 79 out of 100 was the best of the 23 brands based on the average […]

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