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Toyota Charges Ahead To Make Better Batteries

For anyone (i.e. everyone) who’s ever panicked when their mobile device chirped, “low battery,” the future could be far less stressful, thanks to the advanced battery research of scientists at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA). A new breakthrough involving magnesium batteries may soon open the doors for smaller, longer-lasting batteries for everything from cars to cell phones.
 
What’s the Big Deal with Magnesium?
Magnesium metal has long been theorized…
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Toyota To Pioneer Use Of Biosynthetic Rubber in Engine and Drive System Hoses

Next month, Toyota will become the world's first automaker to use biohydrin, a newly-developed biosynthetic rubber product, in engine and drive system hoses.

Jointly developed by Toyota, Zeon Corporation, and Sumitomo Riko Co., Ltd., biohydrin rubber is manufactured using plant-derived bio-materials instead of epichlorohydrin, a commonly-used epoxy compound. Since plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere during their lifespan, such bio-materials achieve an estimated 20 percent reduction in material lifecycle carbon emissions (in comparison to conventional petroleum-based hydrin rubber).

 The first vehicles to use vacuum sensing hoses* made from biohydrin rubber will be produced in May, with usage expected…

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The EPA Recognizes Toyota's 12 Years of Environmental Leadership

Since 2002, Toyota has saved over 16 billion kilowatt hours of electricity. That is the equivalent of powering 995,000 average American homes for an entire year.  Saving that much energy across Toyota’s 14 North American manufacturing facilities could not have been possible without the individual efforts of team members to reduce energy use in their processes and work areas. Their efforts have enabled Toyota to earn its twelfth consecutive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Partner of the Year Award.
 
“Being named an Energy Star Partner of the Year is a tremendous honor,” said Toyota’s Plant…
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All-New 2017 Prius Prime is Fun to Drive and Equally Efficient

The highly anticipated New York International Auto Show is currently underway in Manhattan. As such, automakers in various verticals--from luxury to sustainable mobility--are making some significant debuts. Toyota, for example, unveiled the all-new 2017 Prius Prime--a plug-in hybrid that promises to be even more economical than the standard model.

 

The #PriusPrime looking sleek during this morning's reveal. #NYIAS

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Toyota and Lexus Dominate the Cars.com Worry Free Index

If the prevalence of automotive reliability and dependability studies are any indication, consumers care a lot about how well their cars will hold up. It's easy to see why: The average car on the road is a record 11.5 years old, according to IHS Automotive. That's more than enough time for an unreliable choice to ravage your finances.

Surveys have shown that when it comes to buying a car, shoppers still want…
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Camry Hybrid Batteries Work Together to Turn the Lights On

Can your car battery power your house?

If it's a hybrid car, maybe it can.

Hybrid batteries have a much higher demand on them than regular car batteries. Your typical gasoline vehicle's battery is only responsible for a few things; start-up, and stabilizing voltage.

A hybrid battery, on the other hand, must be strong enough to power a motor, and actually move the car forward.

It's no wonder then, that after a battery's power has faded to the point that it can't adequately power a motor, it still has plenty of life left in it…

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2016 Toyota Land Cruiser: The Bridge Between Civilization and Adventure

  • New 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Toyota Safety Sense-P with Pre-Collision System, Frontal Collision Avoidance and Pedestrian Protection
  • Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Entune® 2.5 Multimedia with Siri® Eyes Free Mode and 9-inch Display
  • Standard Rear-Seat Entertainment System with Dual 10-inch Screens
  • Qi Wireless Phone Charging
How do you improve ultimate? The Toyota Land Cruiser has long been the brand’s ultimate-capability, ultimate-luxury SUV, and for 2016 Toyota is ratcheting up the meaning…
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Fueled By Everything: Electrolysis and the Toyota Mirai

The future of transportation is connecting with the past in this recent video about the Toyota Mirai. Titusville, PA, began its rise to fame as the location of the first production oil well. Long before the oil was drilled for fuel, Native Americans skimmed Oil Creek for the useful black fuel which naturally leeched into the water.
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Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle IS the Car of the Future

Yesterday, Toyota unveiled its long-awaited Fuel Cell Vehicle, the Mirai (which means "Future" in Japanese). The Mirai can travel 300 miles on a single tank of compressed hydrogen, has 153 horsepower with 247 lb-ft of torque, and can go from 0-60 mph in 9 seconds. The hydrogen car will be available in California in fall 2015 and the East Coast shortly thereafter. The sales price will be under $45,000 after incentives. 


Toyota designed the…
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