Toyota has grown to a large multinational corporation from where it started and has expanded to different worldwide markets and countries. The manufacturer is now popular mainly in Japan and America, holding special appeal for those who are environmentally friendly, and wish to be economical.
Toyota has always been one of the only car manufactures to truly research and develop alternative forms of fuel for powering its vehicles. Toyota has a vast product line, but for the moment, let’s explore the technology behind the electric flagship model, the Prius. The astonishing, technologically ground-breaking marvel was first prototyped in 1996, and today has been perfected further to be more efficient, eco-friendly and resourceful.
The Toyota Prius has emerged as the bestselling hybrid vehicle of all time. The key factor to the Prius’s success is due to its sedan styling and, most importantly, its impressive fuel efficiency. The Prius manages to achieve an estimated 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the motorway; all this is down to its power split hybrid technology that the engine is designed around.
All hybrid vehicles have one primary objective â to attempt to combine the performance that a fuel engine can provide with the efficiency of an electric engine. The Prius achieves this by sharing the load of work between the two engines, thereby ultimately reducing the amount of gasoline-powered energy required. The power split technology, means that the two engines can power the vehicle by themselves, or in harmony as necessary.
The Toyota Prius contains a 1.5 litre fuel engine and a 67-horsepower electric engine. The electric engine has just the correct amount of power to control the car at low-level performance. When the car is idle or accelerating at low speeds (up to 15mph), no fuel is consumed. When additional performance is required, the petrol engine kick starts to give the extra power required.
The innovative part of the Prius’ hybrid technology is the regenerative braking system. Unlike many other electric cars that need to be plugged into a power source to recharge their power supply, the Prius lithium-ion battery power is recharged through the conversion of kinetic energy created by the breaking friction on the brake pads. This energy is converted into electrical energy, recharging the batteries in the electro-motor. This is accomplished by motor generators installed within the Prius.
If you’re looking for an economically inclined drive, then you are easily able to pick up a new Toyota Prius in Dorset, at one of the
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