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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.

Toyota and Mazda agree to share Hybrid technology 30
Posted by Edward - JapanCarBlog in hybrid, Industry News, Mazda, TOYOTA, toyota hybrid, Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive System, Toyota Mazda on 03 30th, 2010

Mazda Sky Engine

Consumers will find a bit of Toyota at Mazda dealerships by 2013. Mazda will become the second manufacturer, after Nissan, to borrow Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology as part of a licensing agreement aimed at leap-frogging hybrids into Mazda’s stable beyond the lonely Mazda Tribute SUV.

The deal’s details have yet to be released but Toyota’s key hybrid drive components are expected to make the cross over to Mazda’s recently announced, next-generation, direct-injected Sky engines.

TMC and Mazda Agree to Hybrid System Technology License
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda) have reached an agreement on the supply under license of hybrid technology used in the Toyota Prius.

Leveraging this agreement, Mazda plans to combine the hybrid system with its next-generation SKY* engine that is currently under development, and develop and manufacture a hybrid vehicle in Japan. Mazda is aiming to commence sales of a hybrid vehicle starting in Japan by 2013.

Positioning response to environmental issues as a management priority, TMC began sales of the Prius, the world’s first mass-production hybrid vehicle, in 1997. Since then, over 2.3 million TMC-produced hybrid vehicles have been delivered to customers in over 70 countries and regions.

TMC recognizes the importance of benefiting the environment by encouraging the popularization of its eco-friendly technologies, which are represented by its hybrid systems. Accordingly, TMC has announced that it will consider requests from other companies to supply hybrid technology.

Based on its long-term vision for technology development, Sustainable Zoom-Zoom, Mazda aims to increase the average fuel economy of Mazda vehicles sold globally 30 percent by 2015, compared to its 2008 level. In order to offer all of its customers driving pleasure as well as outstanding eco-friendly and safety performance, Mazda is implementing a Building Block Strategy. Under this strategy, Mazda will enhance the core aspects of its vehicles – including engines, transmissions and weight reduction – and then progressively add electric devices such as idling stop, regenerative braking and hybrid systems.

Through this partnership, each company intends to offer technologies and products with outstanding environmental benefits to as many people as possible.

*Concept name for engines and transmissions that are intended for launch from 2011 onward.