Daunted by the abundance of green vehicles available? EarthTechling breaks down hybrids and EVs, examines the good and bad of both, and poses considerations to keep in mind before buying.
Mazda has turned to rival Japanese automaker Toyota for hybrid technology, with plans to license the workings of the Prius to produce its own Japanese hybrid vehicle by 2013.
Toyota, in findings based upon its own engineers, effectively discredits a San Diego, CA man who claims the accelerator of his 2008 Prius hybrid got stuck while he was driving on the highway.
The popular Toyota Prius is once again having public relations issues, this time centered around a report out of San Diego, California of a driver who had the accelerator get stuck while on the highway.
Toyota said it has issued a voluntary recall on around 400,000 2010 hybrids (Prius, Lexus HS 250h, Sai) globally in order to fix a problem with the anti-lock brake system.
Toyota has found a problem with the 2010 Prius braking system, saying it had in fact already fixed the issue on newer vehicles for sale while considering still how to handle ones already on the roads.
The 2010 Prius, which originally looked to have dodged stuck accelerator pedal issues other Toyota vehicles were having, may not be out of the woods as reports of accelerator and braking issues surface.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is now rating hybrids and says some auto manufacturers price hybrids out of reach of less affluent buyers with unnecessary luxury features.
Toyota today threw down the hybrid gauntlet to other auto manufacturers with plans for a Prius family and the unveiling of a new dedicated hybrid concept – the FT-CH.
Toyota is going forward with plans for a worldwide, limited test run of the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid in 2010, with inital releases in the U.S., Japan and parts of Europe.