Friday, August 19, 2011

Toyota Prius Hybrid

Toyota Prius in india
We spotted the Toyota Prius - one of the most elegant exotics - on St Marks Road, Bangalore and we chased it all across MG Road to get a few snapshots of it.  

This third generation Prius debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. The green car is a very desirable choice and high fuel economy makes it unique in its class. Prius is a Latin word and it means "before". According to Toyota, the name was chosen because the Prius was launched before environmental awareness became a mainstream social issue.

The 1.8-litre gasoline engine produces 98hp. In addition to this, the electric motor also generates 36hp, pushing the overall generated power to 134hp. The larger engine displacement allows for increased torque and reduces engine speed (RPM), thereby improving fuel economy at highway speeds. Thanks to its electric water pump, the Prius engine is the first consumer automotive production engine that requires no accessory belts, which further improves its fuel efficiency.

In the construction of the Prius, Toyota used a new range of plant-derived ecological bioplastics. These were made out of cellulose that was derived from wood or grass instead of petroleum. The two principal crops used are kenaf and ramie. Kenaf is a member of the hibiscus family, a relative to cotton and okra. While ramie, commonly known as China grass, is a member of the nettle family and one of the strongest natural fibres, with a density and absorbency comparable to flax. According to Toyota, this is a timely breakthrough for plant-based eco-plastics because 2009 was the United Nations’ International Year of Natural Fibres, which highlighted kenaf and ramie among others.

The EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) rates the Prius as among the cleanest vehicles sold in the United States based on smog formation and toxic emissions.

Toyota Prius in india
Toyota Prius in india

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