• Lighter, more compact and more efficient hybrid powertrain to debut in next generation Prius
  • Advances in battery, electric motor and petrol engine technology will secure better fuel economy, reduced emissions and lower costs from a small, lighter and more efficient system
  • Powertrain design will be adopted by a wide range of future Toyota and Lexus hybrids
  • Next Prius will also adopt the Toyota New Global Architecture, with a lower centre of gravity and stronger structure delivering improved dynamic performance
  • Next generation Prius Plug-in developed in parallel with standard Prius

Toyota said its next generation Prius will begin a new era in hybrid technology with further gains in fuel economy and reduced emissions and cable-free inductive charging for the plug-in version.

The new Prius will be the first in a broad range of Toyota and Lexus vehicles that will make use of a substantially improved family of hybrid powertrains.

These will deliver significant improvements in fuel economy from a more compact package that is lighter in weight and lower in cost.

Their performance will reflect the significant advances the automaker is making in battery, electric motor and petrol engine development in its wider strategy to deliver electric vehicle power through hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell technologies.

In each of its three generations, Prius has delivered an average reduction of 10% in its CO2 emissions. Toyota’s challenge is to continue to improve at this rate.

The next Prius will feature improved batteries with higher energy density, which means greater energy storage capacity within a smaller unit. Toyota, already a leader in advanced battery technology, has stepped up its research, development and production capacity for both nickel metal hydride and lithium ion, and will use each technology where appropriate in its expanding focus on vehicle electrification.

It has also ramped up development of new battery technologies such as solid state and lithium air, and devoted resources to chemistries beyond lithium, such as magnesium and other low valence materials.

The next Prius will use smaller electric motors but with a higher power density. The motors in the current model have four times the power density of those used by the original Prius back in 1999, and the improvement will be higher still in the next generation car.

The thermal efficiency of the petrol engine will improve, too, from 38.5% currently to a claimed world best of more than 40%.

The next Prius will be constructed using Toyota's New Global Architecture, bringing a lower centre of gravity and greater structural rigidity, contributing to greatly improved driving dynamics.

A focus on raising aerodynamic performance will bring new exterior styling with a larger interior and refinements in design, layout and ease of use.

The next generation Prius plug-in is being developed in parallel with the standard model. Toyota has learned from current customers they would like a greater all-electric driving range and more convenient charging. In response, Toyota is working on a new wireless/inductive charging system that produces resonance between a floor coil and vehicle coil to transmit power to the battery – without a connecting cable.

Verification work on this system will be carried out in Japan, the US and Europe during 2014.

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TOYOTA GIVES SNEAK PREVIEW OF ITS HYBRID FUTURE

 

Next generation Prius to lead new era of hybrid technology

 

KEY POINTS

 

Lighter, more compact and more efficient Toyota hybrid powertrain to debut in next generation Prius

Toyota advances in battery, electric motor and petrol engine technology will secure better fuel economy, reduced emissions and lower costs from a small, lighter and more efficient system

Powertrain design will be adopted by a wide range of future Toyota and Lexus hybrids

Next Prius will also adopt the Toyota New Global Architecture, with a lower centre of gravity and stronger structure delivering improved dynamic performance

Next generation Prius Plug-in developed in parallel with standard Prius

Toyota will spearhead a new era in hybrid technology with its next generation Prius, promising further gains in fuel economy and reduced emissions. As part of its focus on its hybrid leadership and achievements at the Frankfurt motor show, Toyota has provided a sneak preview of the technical advances that will underpin future Toyota and Lexus hybrid models.

 

Emphasising Toyota’s continued commitment to auto industry leadership in hybrid, the next generation Prius will be the first in a broad range of Toyota and Lexus vehicles that will make use of a substantially improved family of hybrid powertrains.

 

These new powertrains will deliver significant improvements in fuel economy from a more compact package that is lighter in weight and lower in cost.

 

Their performance will reflect the significant advances Toyota is making in battery, electric motor and petrol engine development in its wider strategy to deliver electric vehicle power through hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell technologies.

 

In each of its three generations, Prius has delivered an average reduction of 10 per cent in its CO2 emissions. Toyota’s challenge is to continue to improve at this rate.

 

The next Prius will feature improved batteries with higher energy density, which means greater energy storage capacity within a smaller unit. Toyota, already a leader in advanced battery technology, has stepped up its research, development and production capacity for both nickel metal-hydride and lithium-ion, and will use each technology where appropriate in it expanding focus on vehicle electrification. It has also ramped up development of new battery technologies such as solid state and lithium-air, and devoted resources to chemistries beyond lithium, such as magnesium and other low-valence materials.

 

The next Prius will use smaller electric motors, but with a higher power density. The motors in the current model have four times the power density of those used by the original Prius back in 1999, and the improvement will be higher still in the next generation car.

 

The thermal efficiency of the petrol engine will improve, too, from 38.5 per cent currently to a world-best of more than 40 per cent.

 

The next Prius will be constructed according to the Toyota New Global Architecture, bringing a lower centre of gravity and greater structural rigidity, contributing to greatly improved driving dynamics.

 

A focus on raising aerodynamic performance will deliver an all-new exterior styling, with a larger interior and refinements in design, layout and ease of use.

 

The next generation Prius Plug-in is being developed in parallel with the standard Prius model. Toyota has learned from current Prius Plug-in customers that they would like a greater all-electric driving range and a more convenient charging solution. In response, Toyota is working on a new wireless/inductive charging system that produces resonance between an on-floor coil and an on-board coil to transmit power to the battery – simply put, this provides charging without the fuss of connecting a cable. Verification work on this system will be carried out in Japan, the USA and Europe during 2014.

Original source: Toyota