Monday, April 10, 2006

Next-Gen 94MPG Prius by 2008?

The UK’s AutoExpress reports that Toyota’s fuel economy target for the upcoming next-generation Prius is 40 kilometers/liter (2.5 l/100km, or 94 mpg US), and that the automaker is striving to have the new Prius on the road as early as 2008.

According to a Toyota engineer quoted by the publication, the entire electrical system is being redesigned to improve the fuel economy, and the automaker is working to switch to a lithium-ion battery system from the NiMH pack used in the current Prius.
Wow! Wonder how much more that is going to cost to use Lithium Ion batteries rather than NiMH. Cool if they can pull it off.

via Green Car Congress

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