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Tag: Hybrid

BMW Improves Their EV Lineup

The car company that has brought us the technologically advanced i3 and i8 is ready to offer us a new plug in hybrid on the 5-Series sedan.  This new powertrain will give us a great way to enjoy the drive of the 5-series and have […]

Did the Prius Kill the Honda Insight?

We talk of the Prius as the first hybrid to make it to market at a price we can all afford, but the reality is there was another unique hybrid on the market before the Prius showed up; the Honda Insight.  This car was different […]

Toyota Lights Up Yellowstone with Old Hybrid Batteries

Yellowstone Toyota Hybrid Batteries

Batteries on hybrid vehicles lose their ability to maintain a proper charge for powering a vehicle over time, but that doesn’t mean they are useless. The nickel metal hydride battery packs used in Toyota vehicles can be put to use for other purposes. One of those purposes is to keep Yellowstone National Park lit up with solar power stored in donated batteries.

208 of these batteries are currently being used at Yellowstone to act as offline power for their solar power grid. These batteries, which came from Camry hybrids, are plugged into the system. Toyota has been heading in this direction since 2014 when they started solidifying deals with Indy Power Systems, Sharp USA SolarWorld, Patriot Solar, National Park Service and Yellowstone Park Foundation. (more…)

For a Luxury Hybrid Hatchback with an Attitude, Look to the 2015 Lexus CT

With Lexus being the luxury lineup from Toyota is it really any wonder that the CT is mechanically the sibling of the ultra-popular Toyota Prius? Even though this is the case, the CT does have a personality and dynamics that are all its own once […]