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Toyota sells 9 Millionth Hybrid car
Posted: 19 May 2016
Added by admin 21/05/16
hybrid vehicles have saved their owners 25 billion litres of
petrol - enough fuel, theoretically, for each of their cars to
travel around the Earth... and then some.
The calculation was revealed by the world's leading carmaker when
it announced it has sold more than nine million Toyota and Lexus
hybrid vehicles around the world, including more than 85,800
delivered in Australia.
The latest milestone, achieved in April, comes as Toyota
Australia prepares to introduce its newest hybrid, Corolla, early
in the second half of this year.
Toyota's parent company in Japan has revealed that the total fuel
saving from its nine million hybrids represents an average of
more than 2,770 litres per vehicle compared with driving
petrol-only cars of similar size.
The saving would provide enough fuel for each of those vehicles
to travel at least 52,400km, or 1.3 times around the equator,
based on a nominal average consumption of 5.3 litres per 100km.
Three-quarters of the nine million hybrids use less than this
amount of fuel.
Instead of doing that, of course, Toyota's hybrid owners have
pocketed billions of dollars in savings.
Toyota has also estimated its hybrid vehicles have resulted in
approximately 67 million fewer tonnes of CO2 emissions than would
have been emitted by petrol-powered vehicles of similar size and
Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony
Cramb said the extent to which hybrid vehicles had found homes in
driveways around the world confirmed them as a mainstream option
"Toyota's hybrid vehicles are renowned for their performance,
reliability, durability and exceptionally low running costs as
well as their contribution to the environment and to saving
precious fossil fuels," Mr Cramb said.
"In Australia, we are looking forward to bringing Toyota's full
hybrid technology to the country's best-selling car, Corolla - a
move that will further broaden the market appeal of both," he
Corolla hybrid hatch will be introduced as a well-specified
single grade, expanding the local company's Hybrid Synergy Drive
offerings to a fifth model.
It will join Camry, which is the best-selling hybrid vehicle in
Australia with 37,879 deliveries - almost double the Prius tally
of 19,682 cars - followed by Prius c (7,432) and Prius v (3,430).
Globally, Toyota's total is led by the world's best-selling
hybrid, Prius, with 3.7 million sales since its debut in Japan in
December 1997. Prius c has reached 1.25 million sales, Prius v
634,000 and Camry hybrid 574,000.
While it took 10 years for Toyota to achieve one million global
hybrid sales, it has sold eight million in the past nine years
and has averaged more than one million hybrid sales a year since
The company's hybrid vehicles are sold in more than 90 markets.
Toyota has positioned hybrid advances as core environmental
technologies for the 21st century. Using these technologies,
Toyota is also working on improving non-hybrid cars.
TOYOTA HYBRID MILESTONES
9 million April 2016
8 million July 2015
7 million September 2014
6 million December 2013
5 million March 2013
4 million April 2012
3 million February 2011
2 million August 2009
1 million May 2007
Story and image courtesy:
Electric Vehicle News
Nissan working on next-gen amorphous
silicon (SiO) Li-ion battery
Posted: 13 May 2016 08:23 AM PDT
Added by admin 15/05/16
Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan Arc Ltd. announced today joint
development of an atomic analysis methodology that will aid in
boosting the performance of lithium-ion batteries, and ultimately
extend the driving range of zero-emission electric vehicles.
The breakthrough was the result of a combined R&D effort between
Nissan Arc Ltd., a Nissan subsidiary, Tohoku University, the
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), the Japan
Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), and Japan
Science and Technology Agency (JST).
The analysis examines the structure of amorphous silicon monoxide
(SiO), widely seen as key to boosting next-generation lithium-ion
battery (Li-ion) capacity, allowing researchers to better
understand electrode structure during charging cycles.
Silicon (Si) is capable of holding greater amounts of lithium,
compared with common carbon-based materials, but in crystalline
form possesses a structure that deteriorates during charging
cycles, ultimately impacting performance. However, amorphous SiO
is resistant to such deterioration.
Its base structure had been unknown, making it difficult for mass
production. However, the new methodology provides an accurate
understanding of the amorphous structure of SiO, based on a
combination of structural analyses and computer simulations.
The atomic structure of SiO was thought to be inhomogeneous,
making its precise atomic arrangements the subject of debate. The
new findings show that its structure allows the storage of a
larger number of Li ions, in turn leading to better battery
“The invention of this new analysis method is essential to
further develop the next generation of high-capacity lithium-ion
batteries. It will certainly become one of our core technologies.
The utilization of this analysis method in our future R&D will
surely contribute to extending the cruising range of future
zero-emission vehicles,” said Takao Asami, senior vice president
of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and President of Nissan Arc Ltd.
Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co.,
Ltd., Global Sales & Marketing including Zero Emission Vehicle
and Battery business, said the development was another proof
point of Nissan’s commitment to innovation in advanced
“Nissan is exploring a wide range of energy sources for
tomorrow’s vehicles, and we recognize our role in continuously
investing in multiple technologies and intelligent mobility,”
Story and image courtesy:
Electric Vehicle News