Posts Tagged 'car'

There’s no stopping the Toyota Prius……literally!

It’s a good job the Toyota Prius is helping stall damage to the environment as there’s very little else it’s good at stopping right now, itself included!

It is estimated that Toyota officials have had to recall in excess of 270,000 of their 2010 Prius hybrids due to a fault with the cars antilock braking system. Whilst Toyota is the worlds largest car manufacturer, this second safety scare can’t be doing too much for their reputation, especially when they previously had to recall millions of their vehicles due to an accelerator fault.

Hopefully Toyota can get themselves back on track before the birth of baby Prius

Things you can do in 15 minutes…

What can you do in 15 minutes? Well if you’re an owner of a Think EV – that’s Electric Vehicle to you and me – you could soon be able to charge your car in that time.

Think announced earlier this week that they are working with AeroVironment, Inc. (AV), a leading developer and supplier of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to lower the average charging time of a completely depleted battery to 80 percent charge from the current 9 and a half hours to just 15 minutes. Impressive huh?

Or you could just spend that time reading this blog!

Build your own car

Want an electric car but not sure about the look of the current models available? Well now you can design your own electric vehicle. With the Trexa EV platform all you need to do is add the passenger compartment to the base – which comes with battery, driveline and power electronics built-in and away you go. The possibilities are endless, the only limit is your DIY skills!

It’s a baby……..Prius that is!

Toyota, the company that made “hybrid” a buzz word amongst the environmentally conscious unveiled the new FT-CH at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.

Whilst still just a concept, it is clear that the FT-CH which stands for Future Toyota Compact Hybrid is in essence just a smaller and cooler version of the Prius. Coming in at a massive 22 inches shorter than the current Prius, this car will be ideal for nipping around the city.

Design wise it’s taken inspiration from the “8-bit generation” harking back to the days of the Nintendo NES when the Mario Brothers were nothing more than pixilated blobs dancing around the screen. Very retro!

Toyota have said they aim to sell a million hybrids a year over the course of the first half of the decade, and with this little addition to the family in sight, I can’t see why they won’t.