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Hybrid & Hydrogen, Or Electric? Toyota, Nissan Battle Over Future Green-Car Tech

Hybrid & Hydrogen, Or Electric? Toyota, Nissan Battle Over Future Green-Car Tech

Japanese automakers Toyota and Nissan have always done things a little differently. But when it comes to company strategies for meeting future transportation needs, each firm's approach couldn't be more different. Nissan is resolute on its decision to go electric. Toyota, on the other hand... read more

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Toyota FCV concept, 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Japan's Automakers & Government Move To Dominate Fuel-Cell Vehicles

Battery-electric, or fuel-cell? Japanese automakers are divided on the subject--Nissan and Mitsubishi brought electric cars to the market early, but Toyota and Honda have... read more June 2, 2014 by 


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Japanese Electric-Car Makers Set Up Single Charging Network; Could It Ever Happen In U.S.?

One challenge to more widespread adoption of electric cars is public charging--or rather, the scattered multiple networks of irregularly spaced public charging stations. In... read more May 30, 2014 by 


 
Toyota tests new semiconductor technology

Toyota Improves Semiconductor Tech In Hybrids, 10 Percent MPG Gains

Toyota has revealed it's developing a new design of semiconductor that could improve the fuel efficiency of its hybrid vehicles by up to ten percent. Developed with in-house... read more May 20, 2014 by 


 
2014 Toyota Prius C

Toyota Prius C: Hybrid Subcompact Ultimate Guide

There was a time when hybrid vehicles were expensive to buy, and choice of vehicle type was limited. The 2014 Toyota Prius C is evidence of why that is no longer the case... read more May 12, 2014 by 


 
2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

Tesla Deal To Supply Toyota RAV4 EV Powertrain To End This Year

Several news reports over the weekend noted that Tesla's contract to supply Toyota with electric powertrains for its RAV4 EV crossover would end next year. In the words of... read more May 12, 2014 by 


 
Toyota Central R&D Labs' Free Piston Engine Linear Generator (FPEG)

Toyota Describes Combustion Engine That Generates Electricity Directly

Despite the recent advent of usable, talented electric vehicles, combustion engines are likely to persist for quite some time, often as a component in plug-in hybrid and... read more April 30, 2014 by 


 
2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius

Toyota's Texas Move: Prius Maker Lands In Highest-Carbon State (Updated)

Toyota announced yesterday that it would relocate the headquarters of its U.S. arm from Torrance, California, to Plano, Texas. Left unaddressed in the announcement was the... read more April 29, 2014 by 


 
2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

In Effort To Sell RAV4 Electric SUVs, Toyota Puts 'Cash On Hood'

The all-electric Toyota RAV4 EV, even with its Tesla-designed powertrain, isn't exactly flying out of dealerships. While it's a low-volume compliance car sold to meet... read more April 23, 2014 by 


 
2015 Toyota Camry, 2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Toyota Camry: New York Auto Show Live Photos

Toyota's Camry is a classic case of where improving something just a little can make a disporportionately large difference. As America's best-selling passenger car, one with... read more April 17, 2014 by 


 
Toyota 1.3-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine

Toyota Gasoline Engine Achieves Thermal Efficiency Of 38 Percent

Most internal combustion engines are incredibly inefficient at turning fuel burned into usable energy. The efficiency by which they do so is measured in terms of "thermal... read more April 14, 2014 by 


 
Toyota powers Kentucky plant using landfill gas

Landfill Power For Toyota Plant Cuts Carbon Emissions 90 Percent

Several automakers have realized that being truly green involves much more than just building cars that don't use much fuel. The latest is Toyota, which is simultaneously... read more April 2, 2014 by 


 
Toyota i-Road concept car

Toyota i-Road Trials Start In Tokyo: Another Electric Not-Quite-Car

Toyota is to start real-world consumer trials of its unique i-Road urban electric vehicle in its native Japan. Like its European equivalent, Renault's Twizy, the i-Road aims... read more March 27, 2014 by 


 
Toyota FT-1

Joint Toyota-BMW Hybrid Sports Car To Use Supercapacitors From Le Mans Program

BMW has announced more details of the hybrid sports car project it's developing in conjunction with Toyota, confirmed last year. While the two vehicles will be very different... read more March 25, 2014 by 


 
2013 Toyota Prius

Most Popular Car Line In California? The Toyota Prius Hybrid--Again

The car business is a cauldron of change, but certain things remain consistent. One of those things is Californians' appetite for Toyota Prius hybrids. The Prius range was... read more February 25, 2014 by 


 
2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2014

2014 Toyota Corolla Eco LE: Gas Mileage Test Drive

The Toyota Corolla has long been the best-selling compact sedan in the U.S., and the all-new 2014 Corolla is a considerable advance over the aged, grim, unexciting model it... read more February 14, 2014 by 


 
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