Over the years, hybrids have become less of a niche vehicle. In fact, Toyota has many hybrid variants of its most popular nameplates available. A recent study from iSeeCars.com also confirmed that many Toyota nameplates are the most reliable hybrid vehicles on the road. They last longer than most of the competition.
The iSeeCars.com study looked at more like
15.8 million used cars on the road. Their verdict? The longest-lasting hybrid
of all time is actually the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. 4.2 percent of them are
still running even at the 200,000-mile mark. The Highlander Hybrid was also in
the top five four longest-lasting vehicles overall, not just hybrids.
The next two most reliable hybrid vehicles
after the Highlander were the Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry Hybrid. Toyota has
a monopoly on the top three longest-lasting hybrids on the market.
Having a reliable hybrid vehicle that lasts a long time means the amount of fuel emissions saved by your vehicle greatly outweighs the increased energy it takes to manufacture them. And with options on the road like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, families have better access to a more sustainable, fuel-efficient hybrid model that won’t break down in a few years.
The Toyota Prius PHV, a Japan-exclusive model of the hybrid,
first came into the spotlight because of its mounted solar power cells built to
increase power for the engine. Recently, Toyota unveiled a new design of its
solar power cells, which not only enhances the car’s power supply but also
extends its range.
The batteries are positioned over a broader area of the body
including the hood, top, and rear hatch door. The new technology includes a
redesigned solar battery cell film that measures only 0.03 millimeters, or less
than 0.0012 inches. The new version is capable of generating 860 W, about 4.8
times more than the current model on the market.
The technology is a result of the partnership between NEDO,
a Japanese national research organization, and Sharp, the manufacturer of the
cells. Together they were able to produce an updated prototype that converts solar
energy at 34 percent efficiency, up from 22.5 percent for the current model.
The increased power generation allows the vehicle to power its own battery,
whereas the current commercial model was only able to power the onboard
auxiliary battery, which runs the radio, air conditioning systems, and
Altogether, Toyota expects the new design to be able to add 27.7
miles of extra range for each day the Prius sits in the sun. The driving system
and auxiliary battery can also receive an added 35 miles of power in the same
Celebrate this expanded range of the Prius PHV when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test-drive a shiny new Prius.