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Toyota plans to sell 1 million hybrids per year this decade

The first mass production hybrid vehicle, the Prius, came from Toyota in the late 1990s. The Prius was soon joined by several other hybrid vehicles in the Japanese market including larger SUVs and vehicles aimed at commercial use. Today, Toyota offers hybrid vehicles from its luxury brand Lexus in the U.S. along with the Prius, Camry Hybrid, and Highlander Hybrid.

Toyota Motor Company (TMC) has announced that in Japan the sales of hybrid vehicles have topped the million unit mark. The Prius was also the best selling vehicle in Japan in 2009.

Globally, Toyota has sold over 2.68 million hybrid vehicles as of July 31, 2010. The company currently sells eight hybrid vehicles outside Japan with overseas sales for TMC at 1.68 million units. According to Toyota, its hybrid vehicles have resulted in some significant savings in greenhouse gas emissions. TMC figures that since 1997, its hybrids have resulted in four million less tons of CO2 emissions in Japan alone and 15 million fewer tons of CO2 produced globally.

Toyota has bigger plans still for its hybrid vehicle sales. The company plans to sell a million hybrid vehicles per year during this decade and add hybrid models to every vehicle in its line as early as 2020. Toyota's iconic Prius hybrid was launched in 1997. More recently, Toyota and electric vehicle maker Tesla have worked together on a new plant and the development of hybrid and full-electric vehicles.

There were also reports in May that a minivan using Prius hybrid technology would be coming next spring.



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RE: Good plan
By Hieyeck on 8/10/2010 9:43:32 AM , Rating: 2
I already said it's filled with poor assumptions, but that doesn't make it entirely untrue. Good lord does no one possess the ability for critical thinking? See my other replies. Give me hydrogen cars (fuel cells or fuel), give me mass transit and high-speed rail, but FFS, kill hybrids and electrics. Japan's high-speed rail runs right through urban centres and mountains. America has suburbs and flat ground. If Japan can do it, why not America?


RE: Good plan
By phryguy on 8/10/2010 2:17:28 PM , Rating: 2
Public transportation is great. Good luck getting much of that built in the US, esp. in California (where I lived before). There, you have rich folks coming up w/excuses to not have high speed rail because they're considered about their property values. It's a form of "not in my backyard"-ism. You have people opposing having BART go further south for unclear (to me) reasons.

Hydrogen fuel cells are a bad idea. The energy input needed to produce hydrogen via electrolysis is far greater than the output that will come out of the fuel cell. Better to put that energy straight into batteries of an EV.

I did an analysis of CNW's junk science and posted it at http://web.archive.org/web/20080324061047/http://w...

Why kill hybrids? The ICE (internal combustion engine) doesn't need to run at low speeds and when idling. Some energy that would otherwise be wasted as heat and brake test is recaptured and repurposed.

Look at http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/new-cars/b... You can have larger and more powerful vehicles getting fuel economy that exceeds underpowered econoboxes or you can have medium sized versatile hatchbacks (like the Prius) that get far better combined mileage than anything else.


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