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Lexus ES New Edition Hybrid Expected 21
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Green Auto, Green Cars, hybrid vehicles, LEXUS, Lexus ES, Toyota Camry hybrid on 12 21st, 2010

Lexus has filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, for an automobile that could be that a hybrid version of the Lexus ES sedan. The company already has a new hybrid vehicle the 2011 Lexus CT 200h in the works.

According to the filing, the new hybrid is likely to have the same system (gasoline-electric) that the Toyota Camry hybrid has.

The Camry hybrid has been available since 2006, and it is high time that a sequel came out. Reports say that the new Lexus ES 300h is likely to have a variation of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system that the hybrid Camry has.

Based on the earlier Camry and limited information received, the new vehicle is expected to have a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine connected to a pair of compact electric motor-generators.

The car can operate on several modes -electric only (at low speeds), on both gas and electric, and also exclusively on gasoline.

The vehicle will have a top output of 187 horsepower (147 from the gas engine and 40 hp from the electric motor). EPA fuel economy ratings are at 33 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

When the new ES 300h hybrid is launched, Lexus will have a total of six hybrid vehicles in its stables. No word is available yet on when the launch will take place, but reports say that a late 2012 or 2013 arrival can be expected.

Avera Motors Hybrid Prototype Teased 22
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Avera, Avera Motors, Concept car news, Ford GT, Green Cars, hybrid on 10 22nd, 2010

Avera Motors, a relative newcomer in the automotive field, has released a teaser of their first operational prototype. The company has been keeping things under wraps for quite some time now, which has heightened the curiosity regarding this prototype.

The only details that were known earlier was that engineers who had worked on such vehicles as the Ford GT, the Dodge Viper and the Koenigsegg CCX were on the team that was assembling it. Avera had announced that the aim was to build a new version of an efficient automobile.

The latest details give us a bit more information – the vehicle is most probably going to be a rear wheel drive hatch that will be powered by a direct-injection, turbocharged gasoline engine. Sources say that it is Avera’s hope that this one will outdo every other hybrid in the market –especially on factors like fuel efficiency and having the least amount of weight. The weight factor has been immensely helped by the aluminum space frame on the vehicle that reduces weight and reduces cost simultaneously.

Expected to cost around $25,000, Avera has reportedly been focusing on lean manufacturing to maximize value and keep waste at a minimum. The conventional manufacturing facility had been redesigned in accordance with the requirements of the company, which helped to keep initial investments low. Avera was focused right from the start to create a high-quality, low cost vehicle.

Avera says a new website will be up soon to promote the prototype, and that the pre-production will be up by 2012, with full-scale production on by 2013.

(Via Autoblog Green)

Toyota introducing six new hybrids by 2012 20
Posted by Edward - JapanCarBlog in Green Cars, hybrid, TOYOTA, toyota 2012, toyota hybrid on 09 20th, 2010

2010 Toyota RangeToyota will show an all-electric version of the RAV4 it is developing with Tesla Motors and will introduce a plug-in Prius to the U.S. in May or June 2012, the head of the automaker’s research and development said today.


In addition, Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota executive vice president, said Toyota will introduce six new gasoline-electric hybrid models globally by the end of 2012.

The plug-in Prius will compete with the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, both of which go on sale in the U.S. late this year. Uchiyamada said the company expects to sell slightly more than 20,000 a year and expects the price to be between $3,000 and $5,000 higher than the price of a conventional gas-electric

Toyota is looking for two benefits from the partnership with Tesla that the companies announced in May.

The first is better battery technology, Uchiyamada said. Tesla uses many small cells of lithium-ion batteries similar to those in a laptop computer.

The second is to learn how Tesla develops products faster than a traditional automaker.

Uchiyamada, regarded within Toyota as the father of the Prius, said joint product development on the RAV4 electric vehicle has already begun at the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor.

Uncertainty surrounding access to charging stations and consumers’ willingness to use them could slow market acceptance of Toyota’s and other automakers’ plug-in cars. That’s why Toyota will continue to launch new vehicles based on the proven technology of mating a battery pack with a gas engine. Of the six new gas-electric hybrids it plans to introduce in the next 28 months, three will be only hybrids and
three will be hybrid versions of models that will also be sold with gas-only engines.

Beyond battery-powered cars, Toyota is working to introduce a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to the U.
S. by 2015 if it can cut the cost by about 95% and a sufficient hydrogen fueling network is established.

Separately, Uchiyamada said Toyota has still not found evidence of unintended acceleration in 150
event data recorders in models suspected of behaving erratically. The company did find a software bug in some of readers used to download the recorders, but Uchiyamada said that flaw has been fixed and after re-examining the event data recorders there was still no evidence that any of the 150 vehicles took off
without driver input.