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Details emerge of new engine, batteries and much more for the 4th-generation Prius

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by RobStark, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. RobStark

    RobStark Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Los Angeles
    "The new engine will achieve thermal efficiency rates above 40 percent, compared with a maximum of 38.5 percent in the current Prius"

    "When we look at the next-generation Prius, we will have a new type of hybrid system. We will make it even smaller, lighter and less expensive"

    "We aim to use lithium ion for Prius, but we are not sure yet," Iba told Automotive News on the sidelines of the conference. "Or we could differentiate within the Prius lineup between ones that use lithium ion battery and other ones that use nickel-metal hydride batteries."

    "Generally speaking, hybrid powertrains are more mature than before. So, the general tendency is that when a technology matures, the improvement ratio is saturating, dropping," Ogiso said. "We will do our best effort to keep that pace" of 8 to 10 percent (fuel economy) increases. "

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