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  (Source: media.caranddriver.com)
It's also cutting the price of the the 2014 Prius Plug-in Advanced model by $4,620

Toyota is dropping the price of two of its Prius Plug-in models in an effort to keep up with the competition.

According to The Detroit News, Toyota lowered the price of the 2014 Prius Plug-in hybrid by 6 percent ($2,010) to $29,990 and the 2014 Prius Plug-in Advanced model by 11 percent ($4,620) to $34,905. 

“It’s dictated by market conditions," said Moe Durand, a Toyota spokesman. "When somebody starts that trend of allowing a little softer prices, market demand can determine price."

The latest cuts are likely an effort to reach annual sales goals, which is 12,000 Prius' sold for 2013. For the first nine months, Toyota has only sold 8,000. 

Many other automakers have been lowering prices this year, such as General Motors, which cut the Volt's price by $5,000 to $34,995; Ford, which cut the price of the Focus EV by $4,000 to $35,200, and Nissan, which slashed the Leaf's price by 18 percent earlier this year to $28,800 (and has seen a significant sales increase since).

Earlier this month, Toyota said it would pass on electric vehicles to focus more heavily on hydrogen fuel cell technology and continue releasing hybrid vehicles. For instance, the automaker said it would release 15 new hybrids and unveil its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by 2015. 

Toyota is focused on its next-generation Prius as well, which is expected to have better batteries with higher energy density. The company said it's using nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion where necessary and even upped its research on new battery technologies like solid state and lithium air as well as magnesium. The Prius will also feature smaller electric motors; thermal efficiency of the gasoline engine will be boosted from 38.5 percent in current models to 40 percent in the next-generation; the use of Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) will allow for a lower center of gravity and increased structural rigidity, and better aerodynamics will offer an all-new exterior design.

Source: The Detroit News



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By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 10/11/2013 7:07:57 PM , Rating: 2
Stick reformulators at gas stations and presto, instant H2 infrastructure.

If such reformulators could get, say, 20kWh out of each gallon of gas converted to H2 and CO2, and FCEVs can easily get 3 or 4 miles/kWh, then they're already at 60+ MPG. At that point, you're reducing gas usage and providing a 'shim' towards getting an even more efficient H2 infrastructure built out.

If such reformulators can be efficiently vehicle-mounted (or we start seeing ~100kW SOFCs that fit in the space of a 4cyl engine) then you've got an ideal range extender for an EV with zero need for H2 infrastructure or worries about tank space or degradation.


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