Category Archives: Green Energy

Toyota to be the First Automaker to Use Biosynthetic Engine and Drive System Hoses

Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius ushered in a new age of environmental friendly technology. Now, Toyota is at the forefront again.

Toyota is always pushing forward to make their vehicles more advanced. They are also constantly looking for ways to make their vehicles more environmentally-friendly. Once again, Toyota is at the forefront of a new technology in the automotive industry. Toyota will be the first automaker to use biosynthetic engine and drive system hoses.

The biosynthetic material used for the hoses is called biohydrin. Developed in partnership with the Zeon Corporation and the Sumitomo Riko Co., biohydrin is made out of bio-materials derived from plants. The use of these bio-materials results in a 20 percent reduction of carbon emissions.

Engine and drive system hoses are required to have a high level of oil and heat resistance. In order to achieve this in the biohydrin, Toyota combined the bio-materials with traditional rubber materials on a molecular level.

The new biosynthetic hoses are expected to be implemented into Toyota vehicles by the end of the year.

This technology is just another example of Toyota’s commitment to more advanced vehicles and a healthier planet.

Toyota, Honda, Nissan Support Fuel Cell Vehicle Refueling Infrastructure

fuel cell vehicle graphic
Here’s what a typical engine that powers a Toyota Fuel Cell vehicle looks like. We hope it glows in real life too.

All of the major Japanese automakers including Toyota, Honda, and Nissan have agreed to bolster an expanded fuel cell vehicle (FCV) refueling infrastructure in their home country—appropriately named the Joint Hydrogen Infrastructure Support Project.

As part of the partnership, the three manufacturers will subsidize one third of the annual operating expenses up to a maximum of 11 million yen (about $90,000) for any hydrogen refueling station that applies and is accepted into the program.

The Toyota Mirai, which has just been rated by the EPA at 67 MPGe and a 312-mile range, is already experiencing high demand. The country is expecting to have 6,000 FCVs on the road by 2020 and possibly even 100,000 just five years later, as more and more people become aware of the advantages of fuel cell vehicles and as the infrastructure to support them continues to expand.

Given a few years, we might even see the same progress in North America and, eventually, at Haddad Toyota!

Toyota Mirai Range an EPA-Estimated 312 Miles

Toyota Mirai Range graphic
Because of the Toyota Mirai Range and the fact that its a hydrogen car, you may as well fill the gas pump with water.

We’ve known for a while now that the Toyota Mirai was going to be exciting, but none of the information regarding fuel efficiency and range was official—until now.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified that the 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will have  with a 312-mile driving range and 67 mile per gallon equivalent (MPGe) for both city and highway driving. That means that Toyota’s original claim that the Toyota Mirai range would go at least 300 miles before needing a hydrogen refill was accurate.

These numbers are important in a market seeking clean transportation solutions. The majority of 100% electric vehicles don’t have the batteries to go very far, and even those that do still need to recharge for several hours before being good to go again. With a 312-mile driving range and 67 MPGe, the Mirai surpasses the Hyundai Tucson fuel cell’s 265 mile range and 50 MPGe. It even passes the Tesla Model S 85D’s 270 mile range!

Toyota Mirai helps celebrate Earth Day 2015

Toyota Mirai
The Toyota Mirai at the 2014 North American International Auto Show

Toyota has always been at the forefront of environmentally conscious technology. The Prius is one of the most popular hybrid vehicles in the world, and the development of the Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle (FCV), is ushering on the next phase of environmentally friendly vehicles.

So what better way is there to celebrate Toyota’s FCV than to showcase it on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for Earth Day?!

Toyota and Earth Day Network sponsored the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day celebration on April 17-19. During the celebration, people were able to get up close and personal with the Mirai to check out all of its groundbreaking features.

“The Toyota Mirai represents a turning point in automotive history,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president, automotive operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “After more than 20 years of research and development, we are excited to bring Mirai to American driveways. Earth Day 2015 is a great platform to educate the public about hydrogen fuel cell technology and the potential of hydrogen as a future fuel.”

The Toyota Mirai will be available as a 2016 model. Until then, be sure to check out our other Hybrid Vehicles at Haddad Toyota today!

Beyond the Prius – Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle

Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle
Toyota debuted one of their Fuel Cell Vehicle Concept Designs at the North American International Auto Show earlier this year and now the new Toyota Mirai, their production Fuel Cell vehicle is getting ready to hit the markets late next year.

With the electric Toyota Prius, the number one hybrid vehicle on the market, you would think that Toyota would continue to bank on electric energy as the alternate energy source of the future. Well, Toyota’s new hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle, the Toyota Mirai, is starting to prove you wrong.

The Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle is certainly one of a kind. It’s a midsized sedan that runs on hydrogen fuel cell technology combined with hybrid synergy drive. It can go up to 300 miles on a charge and re-charges in about 5 minutes, unlike your typical electric car that takes 30 minutes on a DC Quick-Charger to get to 80% of its charge. This means that the new Toyota Fuel Cell vehicle will revolutionize what an alternate energy vehicle can do. The new Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle will become a more feasible vehicle to take on longer trips, not just to the office and back. Well, at least it will when hydrogen charging stations become more widely available.

 

The Toyota Mirai will go on sale in California next fall, but until then keep checking back with our blog here at Haddad Toyota to stay up-to-date on the latest Toyota news and technology.

Next Generation Toyota Prius Draws From Racer

2014 Toyota Prius
The next generation Toyota Prius will look to borrow fuel economy features from Toyota’s TS040 Hybrid Le Mans race car which just make might it the coolest hybrid around.

Want great gas mileage and an exciting ride? Well, the next generation Toyota Prius might just be the car you’re looking for. Due out in 2016, the next generation Toyota Prius will have parts that are currently being tested in its performance TS040 Hybrid Le Mans race car. Yes, a race car. While the President of the Toyota Motorsport GmbH, Yoshiaki Kinoshita has yet to release just what these parts are, we can’t help but be excited to think of the high-level performance capabilities that will be included in the next Prius.

Of course, these parts are probably the ones which are being used to improve fuel efficiency in the racer since the new FIA World Championship rules went into place which have put an emphasis on fuel economy in the racing segment. However, all of us here at Haddad Toyota figure that if these parts are good enough for the TS040 racer, they are good enough for us. Learn more about the next generation Toyota Prius and the exciting new Toyota technology in development for it here at Haddad Toyota’s blog as we will keep you up-to-date on all the latest Toyota news.

Want A Hybrid? Then You Want A Toyota Hybrid

Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota’s dedication to green technology goes beyond the Prius. They have not only developed other Toyota hybrid models for the Camry, Avalon, and Highlander, but are going to be among the first to mass produce a Fuel Cell Vehicle.

The Toyota Prius burst onto the scene in 1997 in Japan and onto the US market in 2000. Since then, Toyota has sold over 7 million hybrid vehicles! This impressive number is indicative of two things. One, the world has gotten more environmental conscious since the days of driving a gas chugging, full-sized SUV, and two, Toyota really knows what it’s doing when it comes to hybrids.

While the Prius is the biggest seller for Toyota, with its four models selling over 405,000 vehicles in 2013, it is by no means the only hybrid that Toyota, or all of us at Haddad Toyota, offer. We also have the Camry, Avalon, and Highlander hybrids in case you still want to cash in on that great fuel economy with a little more room or with a little more anonymity than driving a Prius.

Toyota also has some exciting news coming up for the future with their first mass-produced hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle going on sale in Europe next summer and hopefully making its way to the United States soon after all. For all things Toyota, and all things related to Toyota Hybrids, be sure to check back with us each week for an exciting new post!

New Race Track Record From the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
The Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid conquered the Nordschleife Grand Prix race track to show the difference a truly fuel efficient vehicle can make in your daily commute.

Ever heard of the Nürburgring Nordschleife Grand Prix race track known as “The Green Hell” due to its steep hills and sharp turns? Well, this is a race track about 75 miles northwest of Frankfurt, Germany and the Grand Prix style track is widely known to be a part of the motorsport racing events as a safe and modern racing track.

While Toyota has loved racing around this track in the past, they decided to do things a little differently this time around. Toyota took the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid out for a spin. The goal of this run, unlike the runs most often made around this track, wasn’t to be the fastest. In fact, the idea behind it was to see how long the Toyota Prius Plug-In could make it on one tank of gas.

The driver behind this race was Joe Clifford, an automotive journalist. He almost exclusively used the Prius’s electric powertain and only switched over to gasoline for a few of the more brutal up hills on the track. While Clifford maintained an average speed of about 40 miles per hour to help improve efficiency, his trip around the Nordschleife track still did prove a point – it’s possible to get to work or run errands using almost no gasoline.

Check out the video below and let us at Haddad Toyota know what you think of the all new Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid!

Toyota Fuel Efficiency in An Unexpected Place

2014 Toyota Prius Hybrid
When most people think about Toyota Fuel efficiency, they only think about the Toyota Prius or toher Toyota Hybrids. But, Toyota has some great fuel efficient options in some surprising places.

When discussions of Toyota fuel efficiency come up, everyone’s minds immediately jump to hybrid technology. People love to talk about the great the fuel economy of the Toyota Prius, Camry Hybrid, Sonata Hybrid, or really, any Toyota hybrid. While the 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid ranks first on U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the best hybrid cars, and the 2014 Toyota Prius ranks fourth and are certainly great fuel efficient options, they are not Toyota’s only fuel efficient options. Many people often skim over Toyota’s non-car models when looking for a fuel efficient vehicle and this is often a mistake.

Recently the two-wheel drive 2014 Toyota Tacoma was given the title of the most fuel efficient small pickup truck by Design News. This Toyota pickup gets an EPA estimated 25 MPG Highway and 21 MPG city. Of course, you can find Toyota fuel-efficiency in an SUV as well. The 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid was named the most fuel efficient in the standard SUV category,  getting an EPA estimated 28 MPG Highway and 27 MPG City.

No matter what size vehicle you need, Toyota has a fuel efficient option for you. Be sure to stop by Haddad Toyota to check out these great cars and see which one fits with your lifestyle.

Powering Remote Locations: Toyota Hybrid Battery Packs

Toyota Hybrid Battery Pack
While this Toyota Hybrid Battery Pack is in a car, ready to power it down the road, Toyota has found uses for their battery packs beyond the norm.

Do you remember earlier this year when a man in Ontario lost power due to a snow storm and he decided to power his home using his Toyota Prius? If you missed this story in the midst of all the snow storms coming our way this past winter, well, we can’t blame you. But, someone certainly noticed this story and saw that Toyota hybrid batteries have a lot of power, even when they aren’t brand new! Toyota decided to use their battery power to help others and recently donated 208 used Camry hybrid nickel-metal battery packs to Yellowstone National Park. These Toyota hybrid battery packs will be used to power the Buffalo Ranch Field Campus.

The batteries will be able to provide power to the Buffalo Ranch Field Campus’s five buildings for more than a year, holding up to 85 kilowatts of energy. Toyota believes that this might just be the first of many uses for these hybrid battery packs. These batteries could help power buildings in remote locations across the globe. This would help to double the lifespan of Toyota’s hybrid batteries, helping Toyota’s hybrids to be green in more ways than one.

This high-tech power system is set to be installed this coming fall. To see just what the Toyota hybrid battery packs can do before it’s too old to properly power a car, check out the Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Avalon Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, and RAV4 EV at Haddad Toyota!