If you were waiting for the fourth-generation Toyota Prius in 2015, then you have to wait for another six months, because the production of all new Toyota Prius has been pushed back into the winter of 2015.
Toyota Prius 2015
Previously it was going to launch in spring 2015, but in order to make alterations in the new cohort of Prius, Toyota has pushed back its production. Toyota is still making modifications to make sure the whole lot is just spot on before it is launched.
According to unidentified sources speaking to auto journalists, the key rationales for the hindrance aren’t fully identified. It’s supposed the engineers are still improving the new Toyota Global Architecture modular platform and refining the hybrid powertrain more resourceful. The sources assert that the final assembly of the Prius is still on halt, and is likely to be finalised in November. From there, it generally takes around a year to reengineering and then rolls off the first Prius from assembly line. Michael Kroll, manager of Toyota Product Communications, said “As you might expect, we can’t comment on future product plans.”
2015 Toyota Prius
Regardless of the hold-up, some prospective facts have previously come into view about the new hybrid. A company representative said that Toyota is manufacturing the next-gen Prius to have more power- and smaller in size electric motors with greater thermal efficiency. The new modular platform is also alleged to trim down weight and the modifications could return 10 percent increase in fuel economy.
One full-size improvement won’t be coming to the new generation straight away, though. Toyota product planning boss Satoshi Ogiso said that new silicon carbide semiconductors, which will apparently increase fuel economy by 10 percent are not likely to be offered before 2020.
Toyota has developed electronic chips for their electric Hybrid cars to boost fuel efficiency
Though Hybrid cars are fuel efficient and eco friendly but quest for more fuel economy is still there so, Toyota has developed an electronic chip for its petrol-electric hybrid vehicles. These electronic chips will help the engine to boost fuel efficiency by 10 percent and allow the Japanese automaker to inaugurate the hybrid system on most of its vehicles.
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Denso Corporation – the vendor firm of Prius Hybrid systems and several other auto parts for Hybrid systems – have mutually developed a semiconductor through carbon compounds and silicon. This semiconductor limits the power loss and provides the bases for even smaller Hybrid systems.
Kimimori Hamada, an engineer at Toyota Corporation, said “A key way to improve fuel efficiency is to improve power semiconductor efficiency,” This redirection in engineering from mechanical to electrical shows that how carmakers’ aggressiveness is progressively tied to electronics, more willingly than to traditional mechanical engineering.
It also exposes the extent for some more improvements in electric Hybrid technology. It is almost two decades since the electric Hybrid Prius was launched by Toyota in 1997 and are leading the market. This electronic system is not an invention because it is already used in trains, computer systems and air conditioners, but it is unique because of its first use in automobile to control the power.
Hybrid vehicles used energy reproduction and restoration systems that restore the energy produced from braking process and then use it in the combustion system to improve the mileage. It is a very sophisticated power control unit that regulates the power supply by delivering the power to the motors while running and charging the batteries when braking. The power control unit is based on silicon semiconductors to efficiently control the power redirection.
Inside the PCU are power semiconductors, currently made from silicon, that control the flow and the direction of electric current. The new chips are relatively slim and smart and will allow Toyota to reduce the size of current PCU by 80 percent and weight by 18kgs.
When you hear “hybrid car” what comes to your mind? Toyota Prius right? Well Toyota Prius did put hybrid automotive technology on the map. But soon the term may call up images of more exotic machinery. The Japanese car maker revealed certain details about its new TS040 race car following track tests in France. The carbon-fibre prototype racer is designed to compete in the premier LMP1 category of the World Endurance Championship series or WEC.
Toyota has competed with hybrid technology before, and Audi has won big races with hybrid sports cars. Porsche is entering a hybrid racer as well. However, new rules for the 2014 season alter the cars’ dimensions and place fewer limits on the use of hybrid power to boost overall performance. So the TS040 is largely a new design compared with previous Toyota racers, the company said.
The rules allow about twice as much hybrid boost to overall power as before and there are no longer limits on when in the driver can use that extra horsepower. In the old car the hybrid system directed an extra 300 horsepower to the rear wheels, but the new version develops “substantially more” power and sends it to all four wheels. The company said the race car will help it develop “road relevant” systems for the cars it sells to consumers. Toyota said it will reveal more details about the car when it begins official testing at the end of March.
Toyota’s global sales of petrol-electric hybrid vehicles have surpassed 5 million in a milestone for a technology that was initially greeted with skepticism. The Japanese automaker, which said Wednesday it had sold 5.125 million hybrid vehicles as of the end of March, started selling the Prius, the world’s first mass produced hybrid passenger car, in 1997. Petrol-electric hybrids deliver fuel efficiency by switching back and forth between a petrol engine and electric motor depending on speed and other driving conditions, and recharges as it travels.
Toyota’s hybrid vehicles now account for 14 percent of its global sales and 40 percent of its sales in Japan. Toyota Motor Corp. sells 19 hybrid passenger car models and one plug-in hybrid, and is promising 18 new hybrids from now through December 2015. The big growth in auto sales is coming these days from emerging markets, where hybrids have yet to catch on because of higher prices compared to gasoline-powered autos.
Uchiyamada acknowledged that costs will have to come down. But he said such nations were also growing concerned about energy efficiency and emissions and they need to offer incentives, or subsidies, for consumers so they can buy hybrids. “Hybrids have now become a core technology,” he said.