24 Apr '11, 12pm

Toyota targets 45% thermal efficiency for engines in next-gen hybrids

Toyota targets 45% thermal efficiency for engines in next-gen hybrids

That would be hella impressive. 38% to 45% would seem to indicate that the Prius MPG would go from 51 to 60+. Anything over 40 is good, over 50 is excellent, over 60 means an 11.9 gallon tank will get you around 700 miles down the road. Hmmm... Maybe a smaller gas tank will be in order... I had thought that Toyota had harvested all the low hanging fruit in the Prius efficiency wars, and that the steady MPG improvements in the future would be smaller. Maybe I was wrong. It would be cool to see Toyota pushing the bar higher.

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2011/04/24/toyota-targets-45-th...

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