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By · Monday, December 21st, 2009

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According to Chang-Ran Kim writing for Reuters on Wednesday, Toyota Motor Corp. unleashed a "plug-in" hybrid car based on its popular Prius model. The report said that would be proof of vehicle fuel efficiency in public, another first for the industry.

However, the automaker Japan claimed that the car-based, called the Toyota Plug-in HV, was not suitable for marketing purposes because it uses low-power nickel-metal hydride instead of lithium-ion batteries, which are believed to be a better fit for rechargeable plug-in cars.

Unlike earlier gasoline-electric hybrids, which run in a parallel system twinning battery power and a combustion engine, the plug-in cars are built to enable short trips powered exclusively by the electric motor through a battery can be charged using an electrical outlet at home.

A number of supporters Environment seen as the best available technology to minimize fuel consumption and global emissions of greenhouse gas warming. But engineers claim that battery technology is not enough to store enough energy for long distance travel.

Executive Vice President Masatami Takimoto, the person in charge of Toyota's powertrain technology, told a press conference that it is difficult to say when plug-in hybrids could be commercialized for the reason that depend largely on advances in battery technology.

Scheduled to be tested also in the United States and Europe, the Toyota Plug-in HV has a range of only 13 kilometers or 8 miles on one charge, even with his trunk full of batteries.

Two of Detroit's big three – General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. – are also working on plug-in hybrids, in partnership with battery makers such as Germany's Continental AG.

In January, GM unveiled a concept version of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in that would be powered by a lithium-ion battery. Its production target was set in 2010.

And only this month, Ford partners with the U.S. No. 2 the power company Southern California Edison for real-world testing of a fleet of up to 20 rechargeable vehicles. These cars is based on the Escape Hybrid SUV. Ford has stated that plug-ins could enter showrooms in five to ten years from now.

Initiator of the mass the first volume of gasoline hybrid electric cars in the world (the Prius), Toyota said in 1997 that would test eight prototypes of plug-in hybrid to gather data on real-life driving over the next three years after getting government approval on Wednesday. Each Lexus with quality href = ""> Lexus axis is also a known hybrid-er.

Many auto makers like Toyota, Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., are working with Japanese battery makers to develop the next generation of lithium-ion storage capacity Energy reinvented.

About the Author:

Joe Ratzkin is an avid fan of anything automotive. This 34-year old bachelor wanted to be a mechanic when he was a kid but changed his mind and became a freelance writer and researcher instead. He is currently based in Chicago, Illinois.

Article Source: ArticlesBase.comToyota Unleashes ‘plug-in Hybrid’ Car

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