Toyota expects to improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions
Toyota expects to improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions in its latest Prius hybrid car by 20 percent. The reduction would mean the Prius’s lowest CO2 emissions would be about 70 grams per kilometer compared with 86g/km in the current model. The car’s fuel consumption would decrease to about 3.0 liters per 100km from 3.9l/100km.
Toyota said measures to boost the Prius’s fuel economy include an overhauled engine achieving 40 percent thermal efficiency, a new and lighter electric motor that is 20 percent more efficient, as well as improved aerodynamics.
Toyota also moved the battery pack from the trunk to below the rear seat, lowering the car’s center of gravity and increasing the cargo space by 56 liters to 502 liters.