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Game ChangerToyota Prime Plug-in at higher trim levels (XSE - XSE Premium) get lower battery mileage range the the base model (SE) Prime Plug-in. So in this Crazy World of Toyota the more you spend/pay for upgrading Prime, the less "free" battery mileage range you receive.
The Prime SE (base level) gets 39 miles or so of battery operation use before hybrid motor takes over. But the more expensive trims levels only get 32 miles. Never thought I'd see the day you pay more for a car, hybrid, EV trim upgrades and then find out the base level model (you don't want) that costs thousands of dollars less, get better battery mileage then upper trim levels.
What am I missing here. UGH
GM grabss U.S. auto sales crown from ToyotaAccording to the Reuters news agency:
GM reclaims U.S. auto sales crown from Toyota | Reuters
Massive Tesla FailSource: Father Deliberately Drove Car Off Cliff, Authorities Say After Dramatic Rescue - The New York Times
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A family of four whose car had careened off a treacherous cliff-top road in Northern California, plummeted more than 250 feet and trapped them on Monday managed to survive and avoid life-threatening injuries.
But now, the authorities say their car’s dramatic drop wasn’t an accident, but an “intentional act,” and that the father could face charges.
Dharmesh A. Patel, 41, of Pasadena, Calif., was arrested late Monday on suspicion of attempted murder and child abuse, the California Highway Patrol, Golden Gate Division said on Tuesday afternoon. He will be transported to San Mateo County Jail after being released from the hospital, the authorities said. The San Mateo County district attorney said that it had not received the case from the Highway Patrol to...
Now non-NA built BEV can get a full tax credit on Lease.According to Reuters:
U.S. Treasury says consumer leases can qualify for EV tax credits | Reuters
This makes it possible to lease a non-North American-built BEV with a full tax credit applied to the lease cost. And, since it is a commercial tax credit, the battery sourcing restriction does not apply even after Treasury and IRS implement the guideline for the consumer credit. As of today, Jan 1, 2023, leased BEV (and PHEV?) does not have the final assembly and battery sourcing restrictions to be eligible for the credit.
Good news for someone wanting to get into a BEV including Toyota bZ4X this year. Now, I have to keep my eyes open for a great lease deal as they once had several years ago on PHEVs. I remember seeing no money down $99/mo lease deal for Ioniq back when I was looking at Prius Prime for the first time. In fact, with this rule,...
Canada wants 20% of Auto Sales to be Zero Emission by 2026Some interesting data out of this Motor Illustrated article and reveals Canada has a long way to go to meet this target in proposed regulation. Total number of zero emission vehicles were only 5.2% of total car sales in 2021 and including plug-in hybrids were up to 7.2% in the first 6 months of 2022. Most of the blame on the current situation can point to lack of supply, not a lack of willingness, as consumers get frustrated and end up with more polluting options. I would assume a lot of that is also cost related as well, even given the credits available because many of them rely on purchase price limits.
Looks like the Canadian Gov't is ready to enforce this by penalizing the manufacturers.
You would think, having built over 9 million cars in Toyota Canada's two factories, including...
So don't warm up your car. Just go after 30sec."Smart Motors Toyota says letting your car idle in cold temperatures can shorten the life of your engine by stripping away oil from the engine’s pistons and cylinders — two critical components that help your engine run, Stephen Ciatti, Ph.D., principal engineer for battery systems at PACCAR, told Business Insider in 2016.
Gas-powered cars need oil to keep their engines lubricated. When you start a car, an oil pump circulates the oil in less than a minute. But if you let your car idle to warm up the cabin, the oil will start to slowly drain away from the engine's key components since the engine isn’t moving the car.
“Less oil means more friction, more wear and tear, and a shorter life for your engine,” Firestone says.
While some people let their cars idle to warm up the interior, others may actually be trying to protect their engine because of outdated guidance."
"Instead of waiting for your car to warm up in the winter, most manufacturers recommend driving off gently after...
New Prius Review (parody)"How do we make the new Prius cool?"
"A very inoffensive car" they say...
You'll get more details about the new Prius comedy review in this video:
Toyota Hilux EV Concept Debuts To Preview Potential Zero-Emissions TruckI want this EV truck. It would be far more useful and economical than F1 Lightning.
Toyota Hilux EV Concept Debuts To Preview Potential Zero-Emissions Truck
The only thing is that I don't think it will ever come to the US market.
sudden speed losshi i have a 2020 prius prime, i have been experiencing sudden loss of speed when driving on freeway. if i am at lets say 72 it will all of the sudden stop dropping down even thou i have not let up on the accelerator, it may slow down to lets say 64/65. now i am having to drive on the farthest lane to prevent back up. the speed does come up again after a few minutes but driving on the carpool lane makes this a scary situation when you are the one holding back traffic. has anyone experienced this? i have taken it down to autozone to get the scan to see if any issues come up but nothing comes up on the report.
i would appreciate any feedback.
The impact on utility rates in CA of EV chargingStudy: Electric cars make utility bills cheaper for everyone - Autoblog
Comes to the conclusion that rates for everyone go down as charging uses energy at the most efficient time for generation as charging adds revenue from the use of electricity that would otherwise go to waste and utilities are profit capped.
I wonder if the results would be the same in a cooler climate location?
Prius 2006 Gas readingHello, I have Prius 2006 the gas reading sometimes works, and most of the time loading and show the gas empty while it's full . and also flashing. help please.
Toyota scambling to change EV planSounds like a bit of chaos inside Toyota.
You have to wonder how this reorg will change future of the Prius.
Exclusive: Toyota to outline 3-year EV plan changes to suppliers | Reuters
Prius Prime in popular Netflix MovieStarting at 21:35 in the popular Netflix movie "The Noel Diary" a main character gets into a dark gray Prius Prime. She drives down the road, is chased by a dog and stops the car. Another main character catches up and they chat while she's in a car for a couple minutes. Happily surprised to see a Prius Prime in Netflix's #3 most popular movie!
Lexus Announces Manual Transmissions at the Kenshiki ForumLEXUS ELECTRIFIED TO REINVENT THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE
In addition to showing off their new RZ 450e, Lexus Europe also announced they intend to provide manual transmission in EVs. First up will be the UX 300e and will include not only the gear lever but a clutch as well.
Excerpt form the presentation:
"An EV powertrain with manual transmission
For many drivers, the control and engagement provided by a manual transmission is an important part of an enjoyable driving experience. Lexus has investigated how a battery electric vehicle might be equipped with a manual transmission – a project that has progressed to focused development using a research prototype based on the UX 300e compact SUV, equipped with a gear lever and a clutch pedal.
Takashi Watanabe, Lexus Electrified Chief Engineer, explained: “From the outside, this vehicle is as quiet as any other BEV. But the driver is able to...
Toyota Starts on a Hydrogen HiluxUK government threw in some money to get Toyota to manufacture a Hilux powered by fuel cells. So this will be the second HyHi except the the other is the HiHy (Highlander Hybrid). Looks to be a default AWD based on the internals. It too will also be a hybrid. Initial demonstration prototypes will be built next year, 2023.
Makes sense for Europe. They have a somewhat established numerous hydrogen refueling stations in a much smaller area. Avoids the import tax as well since this will be built in the Toyota Burnaston, UK site.
Development of prototype hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Hilux
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