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First of all Toyota has sold 11 million Electrified vehicles that includes Hybrids, Plugins, Electric & Fucell vehicles. The plant is nice with its 6 floors. So Toyota is not willing to give up on Fucell's. Then let's hope they will sell in 1,000s soon to catch up to Electrics. Will they sell a Prius Fucell version. Still 30,000 units/year is nothing compared to that many Electric vehicle that Tesla sells in a Quarter and which is going to increase soon.
Already VW has introduced the 48V Start/Stop system in Audi (A6, A7, A8) models and now the Golf-2019. And now they are willing to deploy the 12V Start/Stop system in diesel models as well. On top of that a new Natural gas vehicle. This shows that VW is willing to do everything to sell vehicles running on fossil fuels, but not will to move into plugins. At least if they had promoted NGVs earlier, we would not have been in a situation where oil prices are rising so fast. No matter how much they do, the Chinese are coming with their EVs.
"VVT-iE uses one electric motor instead of oil pressure to control the variable valve timing. " Is this an entirely new concept, if so are we reducing the use of oil further. Anyway good to hear this. Engines are becoming more efficient.
This is cool with Diesel's share falling below 40% for the 1st time. Increase in SUV's to 33% is expected since it has reached 38% in China and 45% (CUV + SUV) in USA. In fact, some SUV's in Europe were classified as Minivans even though they have regular doors and we club them under SUV, the share may increase to 38%. Now the challenge is how to reduce the fuel consumption if the SUVs rise so much. Good news is that the electric vehicles are rising steadily and even the hybrids are increasing rapidly. A 0.7 % increase in AFVs is decent. I hope this will increase much faster this year lead by Nissan Leaf, upcoming Honda Insight and so on.
Does it mean that it has only 1 speed transmission like in Electric Vehicles. Seems this time the Insight packs a lot of punch. More powerful motors, 2 motors, series hybrid and a bigger size. Its 15.1 cu. ft. of trunk space is bigger than the Camry's trunk space by 0.1 cu. ft. Wow, we still have to wait until June to get the EPA mileage, and then the pricing. With Accord hybrid priced around $25,100; we can expect Insight's base model to be priced around $24,000; otherwise customers could gravitate towards the bigger car. This time, Insight could challenge Prius.
Series hybrid should involve a much simpler technology compared to the parallel-series as employed in Prius. And series hybrid being more fuel efficient and faster is believable as Note ePower has demonstrated not only in technology, but also in sales beating Prius for many months last year until the QA issues forced the production to decline. And in 2018-01, Note has overtaken Prius again in Japanese market. I think the automakers feared that it could easily be adaptable to plugins, electric, fuel-cell and even the combination of fuel-cell / plugin combo. So they simply reduced the research in this area. And Nissan wanted to overtake Toyota & VW and also use the motor used in Leaf and hence they took this route. Using this technlogy in more models will help Nissan recoup the cost and also make it popular.
Anyway congratulation to Toyota for selling 11.47 million hybrids and also 1.52 million electrified vehicles in just 1 year. I believe 50,000 Prius Plugins were sold last year and this shows there is interest for plugins. I hope Toyota launches more plugins. And the sales of Mirai at 5,300 is also good as Toyota slowly continues its progress in fuel cell vehicles.
The numbers are not correct. See this link from Toyota Europe website. It has Prius (Liftback) sales at 3.984 million units when 10 million hybrids were sold. Now with the 11 million hybrids sold, that # for Prius should have increased, instead it stays at 3.984 million units. But the sales of C-HR hybrid has increased from 23,600 units to 200,000 units. So only for Prius; Liftback, V and C, its not updated. I hope they update soon.
Every model with a distinct style (crossover, wagon), dimensions (length, width, height) should have a unique name on their own. So the Sportwagen and Alltrack versions of Golf should be split up as separate model instead of being clubbed under Golf. I guess the electric version of Golf will be phased out as ID series of electric vehicles are being launched. At least will there be hybrid and plugin version. Ideally both Sportwagen and Alltrack which has AWD trims should be reclassified as Crossover since that is the best selling segment. Hope VW will do this.
If it's a 4 seater, then its good. Next challenge is pricing it affordably and selling as much as the customers demand.
Congratulations to Nissan for selling 300,000 Leafs. I think the Leaf-1 (2010 - 2017) sold 190,000 units while the latest Leaf-2 sold the remaining 10,000 units. If not for the big decrease in oil prices, the Leaf-1 should have sold 400,000 units easily. So the main reason for Leaf which is to prevent the oil prices from increasing further and has been achieved.
Are they computing this for only the vehicles with an engine or they are including the BEV (Battery Electric Vehicles) as well. Anyway the sales of CUVs, Pickups, SUVs have increased and still the fuel economy remained the same in 2017 compared to 2016. That means the average vehicle has become more fuel efficient.
Good move, this will reduce the actual natgas imports. Meanwhile in India, they are planning to promote Methanol stoves.
Gaining 32% market share is a meteoric rise. In EU, some of the vehicles with regular rear doors are considered either Van or MPV. Only if a vehicle with sliding door is a Van and any vehicle with 1 or more trims having AWD and has 5 doors is a Crossover. Having a correct classification may push the share of crossovers to somewhere around 35%. In China, the crossovers have got 37% market share while its already 40% in USA. Ideally all new vehicles can be designed as a crossover which is good for the automaker and also gives choice to the customers if they choose AWD. Even the GT version of BMW 3 Series and 5 Series should be badged as crossovers.
Bravo Maverick Wonder and that's what I would like to call BMW. I believe at the end of November, their tally was less than 90,000 and seems they have sold another 10,000 in the 18 days of December so far. That means they may sell at least 15,000 plugin vehicles worldwide. Go BMW.
Great news, congratulations for all the organizations, companies and the gas stations who worked to make this big achievement. In 2011 the EPA certified the E15 and it took nearly 1 full year to introduce the first gas station vending E15 and that owner faced a lot of resistance from the oil company who supplied petro-fuels. He did hold the ground and slowly other gas stations / chains joined and around last year, the movement accelerated to 1,000. I hope this will lead to many more gas stations offering E85 as well and some of them who have blender pumps may also vend E20, E30. In Brazil E27 is sold as the standard and their non flex fuel vehicles run fine on that fuel. 95% of the light duty vehicles in USA are MY-2001 or later and are E15 certified. Even the older vehicles will run on E15, its just that they are not tested.
Way to go. There is plenty of soybean and Bio-diesel can be produced from that crop. And tropical countries can produce it from Palm.
Despite the constant talk from the mainstream media that "SUVs and PUs drive to higher sales", the average mileage is increasing, thanks to the big sales increase in plugin vehicles. Most of the so called SUVs are actually CUVs built on unibody frame which are lot more fuel efficient. Of late the sub compact CUVs are becoming common. Overall the improvised turbo engines and tranny will ensure that mileage will gradually increase.
Even though it was expected to have a sale price of $35,000; the lease price is very affordable at $11,414 [$9,684 ($269 * 36 months) + $1,730 (down pay)]. The 20K mile / year is a very generous feature and anyone who has a commute of 80 mile round trip can make the best use of this lease. Sadly its a compliance car sold in only 2 states.
Excellent achievement. Just follow the way Tesla bought the Lotus sports car, removed the engine and fuel tank, and put the motors and battery and made it run. Many buses should be converted in big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata to reduce the pollution and also the foreign oil consumption.
China has approved many plants to convert Coal to Methane using the synthesis gas and they intend to use this Methane for both power generation and running vehicles. Also some of the Methane is converted to Methanol and mixed with gasoline as M15 & M85.
Great job Nissan and La Ciudad del Taxi. This is a good advertisement for both the companies and every rider will realize how nice the ride is in an Electric car. While the overnight charge will provide 250 km, the intermittent charges during the lunch & dinner time of the driver will add another 50 km - 100 km. Ideally the Taxi's can be slow charged during the night and the night time power prices are lower and this also helps the utilities run their power plants at higher capacity factors during the night.
Excellent Achievement Toyota. Best part is selling the last 1 million units in just 9 months in the face of low gas prices. If Toyota can sell 9 million hybrids, then other companies could have sold at least 1 million if they launched a Prius type dedicated Hybrid Hatch which is spacious as well. Hope Hyundai sell a lot with their upcoming Ioniq Trio. Any idea as how many hybrids were sold by Honda. They sold their first million in 2012-09. Here is the development of Prius over the years. Model Years : Interior Space : Mileage 1998 - 2002 : 101 cu. ft. : 40 2003 - 2009 : 112 cu. ft. : 45 2010 - 2015 : 116 cu. ft. : 50 2010 - 2015 : 118 cu. ft. : 52 / Two-Eco Trim : 120 cu. ft : 56 Anxiously waiting to see the news of 10 million Hybrids sold. All these hybrids would have cut down the pollution drastically while reducing the oil imports as well. This should also be one of the reasons that OPEC has cut the oil prices.
I guess the Hydrocrackers will consume those hydrogen to convert heavy oils to lighter fuels like gasoline, kerosene & diesel. So lot of natgas is consumed in this process to produce hydrogen.
Its good, ideally they can join the Worldwide Generation-4 reactor forum. Yes, the current reactors are very expensive and handling radioactive waste is a big headache. If they can either use Fast reactor to reduce waste or build safer Gen-4 reactor, they can get baseload (24 * 365) power at affordable rate. Otherwise they have to depend on Russian Natgas at higher prices.