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For those that would say that this step in the world of hybrid and electric cars is a missed opportunity are simply keeping their sights short sighted as there are hundreds of other factors to consider. I’ll only go over a few. For starters, notice the model they decided to use on an hybrid car... it a subcompact. There’s a very small number of subcompact vehicles in the market that would have actually been considered popular. Using the Yaris is a very safe bet in both production as well as experimentation of design principals. The Yaris is technically the cheapest Toyota you can get these days, and it would be in Toyota’s best interest to keep it that way. Second is the choice of battery. Toyota has in fact been utilizing Li-ion batteries in their Prius since 2009 as well as NiMH. What most don’t understand is that NiMH is just as capable as Li-ion for hybrid models. Only difference is the number of charge cycles and charge retention. The reason why Toyota kept the NiMH is because of cost, other wise hybrid owners would be dropping an extra $2000-$5000 for the Li-ion version (which they did offer for higher trim models). Toyota is exactly where they need to be in the transition from hybrid to electric, as they are aiming at making the whole electric market a step cheaper. Many tend to forget that a full electric Tesla Model 3 is still very expensive. $35k for the base model (compare the luxury brand Audi A3) and only doubling that will put you in the base Tesla Model S. That’s still outside of what is considered affordability for the general public. Also thanks to the industry I work in, Tesla is still far from prefect in the electric vehicle market. The big reason why they’re doing so well is because their part of the market isn’t saturated with competitors’ electric cars. Thanks to marketing tactics, there a lot of the flaws and flawed designs of all the Models are not apparent to mainstream media aside from their autopilot issues (which are improving day by day). Just wait it out and see this step as an opportunity. Eventually, you’ll be able to drive a sub-$30k brand new electric car. For now, we’ll just enjoy a sub $20k hybrid as it’s likely to replace the Prius C.
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