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Toyota's big sedan gets hybrid power

Toyota continues its push to spread hybrid technology throughout its automotive lineup, and the latest recipient is the Avalon. The 2013 Avalon was first shown at the New York Auto Show in April, but details on its powertrain options weren't made available at that time.
 
Today, Toyota is revealing that the 2013 Avalon will now be available with the same hybrid powertrain that is found in the Camry Hybrid and the Lexus ES300h. That means that a 2.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine is found under the hood that is paired with a pair of electric motors located in the transaxle. Unlike its competitors, Toyota still hasn't made the move to lithium-ion battery technology, so it's still stuck with less efficient nickel-metal hydride batteries.

 
Despite the older battery technology, the Avalon Hybrid is good for 200 total system horsepower and achieves EPA ratings of 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway (40 mpg combined). Those rating absolutely obliterate competition like the Buick Lacrosse eAssist which is rated at only 29 mpg combined.
 
Toyota says that the Avalon Hybrid can travel at up to 25 mph on battery power alone; however, you'll be able to travel one mile at that pace (you can blame the nickel-metal hydride batteries for that poor showing).

 
For those that prefer a little more grunt under the hood, the 2013 Avalon will still be available with last year's 3.5-liter V6 which pumps out 268hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. That extra power also means that you'll be hitting the gas pump much more frequently with EPA ratings of 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway (25 mpg combined).

Source: Toyota



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RE: NiMH
By Pirks on 6/25/2012 7:35:58 PM , Rating: 1
LiFePO4 batteries have no quirks, I use a couple in my 72V 10Ah speed demon e-bike and I know for sure I won't touch lame Totyota hybrids with a 10 foot pole unless they stop being THAT dumb and switch from NiMH crap into the proper battery tech - LiFePO4.


RE: NiMH
By jackpro on 6/25/12, Rating: -1
RE: NiMH
By Nutzo on 6/26/2012 12:08:44 PM , Rating: 2
And how many miles will your LiFePO4 batteries last?

Toyota is very conservative with its battery design for a reason. There are Prius that are still running fine after over 200,000 miles on their batteries.

Meanwhile we have already see one of the other auto companies being sued due to the batteries degrading after only a few years.

Considering the cost of replacement batteries, I think I’d stick with reliability.
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RE: NiMH
By jconan on 6/27/2012 12:20:03 AM , Rating: 2
There's nothing wrong with NiMH unless you're thinking of NiCd.


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