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Toyota Hydrogen and Electric Cars to Be Pollution Free

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Toyota Hydrogen and Electric Cars to Be Pollution Free


Toyota has long been at the forefront of all things vehicle electrification, having introduced its first Prius hybrid model two decades ago. Today, Toyota sells four distinct Prius models as well as hybrid versions of the Camry, RAV4 and Highlander. Joining Toyota's electrification push is the Toyota Mirai, the automaker's first pollution-free model. Put together, these models raise Toyota's green credentials.

To that end, we'll take a look at the two Toyota cars that are the cleanest of the lot.Toyota Prius PrimeHybrid electric vehicles aren't completely pollution free as they still rely on a gas engine for propulsion. That said, the Prius Prime is the cleanest of all four Prius models as it is a plug-in hybrid electric model.

The Prius Prime features a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder gasoline engine with variable valve time and sequential multiport electronic fuel injection. It also has a permanent magnet synchronous motor that works in combination with the engine to deliver 134 net system horsepower (100 kW). Power is routed to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission. Because the Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid, it can run exclusively on electricity for approximately 20 kilometres. Energy is stored in its Lithium-Ion battery pack. When operating in electric-only mode, the Prius Prime is truly pollution-free.The super-efficient Prius Prime makes 2.5L/100 km.

Toyota MiraiThe Toyota Mirai represents the automaker's future electrification efforts, but it is also a contemporary expression of those efforts. The Mirai (Japanese for "future") is a front-wheel drive fuel-cell vehicle. The groundbreaking model can travel up to 520 kilometres on a single tank of hydrogen, refuel nearly as fast as a standard vehicle, and emits only water vapour.For this reason, the Mirai is the cleanest of all Toyota cars -- a true zero emissions vehicle. Introduced first in Japan before heading off to California and parts of Europe, the Mirai delivers 151 peak horsepower and up to 247 pound-feet of torque.Availability is limited right now as automakers such as Toyota are asking the Canadian government to spearhead the development of hydrogen infrastructure comprised of hydrogen fuel stations.

California is backing development there, and a similar structure is sought for Canada or at least around major cities such as Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Hybrid Electric Cars ToyotaBeyond the Prius family and the Mirai, there are three other fuel efficient and low-pollution models for your consideration: the Camry Hybrid, a midsize sedan; the RAV4 Hybrid, a compact utility vehicle; and a Highlander Hybrid, midsize utility vehicle. The front-wheel drive Camry Hybrid offers more power and convenience features for 2018 and is restyled too.

It has a 2.5-litre, 4?cylinder engine paired with an automatic transmission and earns 4.9L/100 km. The RAV4 Hybrid is an all-wheel drive model powered by the same engine as the Camry Hybrid and earning 6.9L/100 km. Last but not least, is the all-wheel drive Highlander Hybrid comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine earning 8.1L/100 km. Both utility vehicles have an automatic transmission. Look for Toyota to release additional electric vehicles over the coming years. Indeed, in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the automaker plans to introduce an all-electric crossover model.

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