26 Jun '11, 9pm

Toyota's Auriga Leader transport ship gets hybridized [w/video]

Toyota's Auriga Leader transport ship gets hybridized [w/video]

Toyota's Auriga Leader – Click above to watch video after the jump Given that one container ship can emit nearly as much as 50 millions vehicles , even miniscule improvements made to boost the operating efficiency of these mammoth cargo-hauling vessels are worthy of praise. Back in 2009, Toyota teamed with NYK Line for its transport ship, the Auriga Leader. Fitted with 328 solar panels that generate up to 40 kW of electricity to reduce demand on the vessel's diesel engines, the Auriga Leader – a ship that delivers thousands of Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles to the Port of Long Beach in California – is one impressive vessel. Now, with the addition of massive NiMH batteries, it's sort of like Toyota has its own hybrid vessel that delivers the world's best-selling hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Prius . The batteries, along with the solar panels, have reduced the Auriga Leader's...

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