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2010 Toyota Prius
Toyota is looking to leverage the Prius name

Certainly the most popular hybrid car on the road is the Toyota Prius. Toyota has made no secret of the fact that it wants to have a full line of hybrid cars that rely on the Prius name. So far, the only car Toyota has with the Prius name is the one we are all familiar with.

The 2010 Prius hatchback is the car DailyTech spent a week with earlier this month. Toyota is now reportedly getting ready to launch a new wagon or SUV using the Prius name. Toyota doesn't offer traditional wagons in the U.S., but Edmunds reports that the automaker does have wagons in Japan that could act as the underpinnings for a Prius hybrid wagon.

A Prius SUV would be no stretch either. Toyota has the hybrid Lexus RX 400h in its line and has the small RAV4 SUV in America that could be used for a hybrid platform.

According to reports, the battery pack that the new SUV will utilize will be lithium-ion. Toyota has said in the past that it felt lithium-ion batteries were not yet cheap enough or ready for retail use in hybrid vehicles.

Lithium-ion batteries are reportedly in the works for the Prius through a program with Panasonic and new battery packs that meet Toyota's price requirements may be available and waiting for a new vehicle

The new batteries may be needed for the increased power needs of a larger, heavier SUV or wagon pushing Toyota to rethink its position on lithium-ion batteries. At this point, Toyota has made nothing official and these reports originate from a Japanese newspaper, Yomiuri.



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RE: Getting there...
By monomer on 11/16/2009 6:01:39 PM , Rating: 2
Except for the fact that its incredibly difficult to get a mercury thermometer unless its being bought for a lab. Almost all household use thermometers use alcohol died blue or red.

Additionally, the small amounts of liquid mercury found in light bulbs or thermometers on its own is fairly benign. It only becomes dangerous when you're working with large amounts of the stuff all the time.

Interesting reading (though perhaps a bit rambly for some):

http://www.dansdata.com/danletters160.htm


RE: Getting there...
By Alexstarfire on 11/16/2009 6:21:42 PM , Rating: 2
That's true, but was hardly my point. I doubt the CFLs or anything else these days has enough in it to do anything to us unless you come across them pretty much every day. CRTs and old electronics have a ton of toxic stuff in them as well. I have still yet to get poisoning of any kind, even food poisoning which is far more common than any other type.


RE: Getting there...
By sigmatau on 11/16/2009 7:40:15 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure about that. Mercury gas is pretty scary.

I am looking to replace all my CFLs with LEDs. They are coming down in price to about twice that of CFLs. They use up less energy (not a big concern as CFLs don't use much) and last even longer. And the big thing is you don't have to worry about breaking one.


RE: Getting there...
By Alexstarfire on 11/17/2009 1:30:23 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not worried even if I somehow manage to break a CFL.


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