Toyota works on new sporty hybrids
Prius will not be the only hybrid model in Toyota’s line-up for very long. The company will use its petrol-electric hybrid system into a series a new model in an attempt to have a hybrid in every range by 2020. Considering the Toyota Prius was one of the first and one of the most popular hybrids to come out, we hope that Toyota will leave behind the ridiculous lie-ridden foul play they have been accompanied with lately to make some excellent hybrids.
The hybrid system to accompany this onslaught of vehicles includes a new 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine that delivers 98 hp and a peak torque of 105 lbs-ft. The new system allows it to run on engine alone, battery alone, or a combination of both.
Gerald Killman said in an interview with AutoCar: "Our hybrid technology is adaptable. There is flexibility in the application of our hybrid system; we don’t want to develop a new one when we can give ours more character."
The future plans also include a sporty hybrid that will compete with the Honda CR-Z. And this future model was previewed by the FT-CH concept unveiled at the Detroit show in January. The concept was a preview of Toyota’s stated strategy to offer a wider variety of conventional hybrid choices to its customers, as it begins to introduce plug-in hybrids (PHVs) and battery electrics (BEVs) in model year 2012, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCHVs) in 2015 in global markets.