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Toyota 1/X Hybrid Concept Doubles Prius' Mileage

Toyota's Prius has a pretty enthusiastic fan base. It has become almost synonymous with the world hybrid. But now, Toyota is looking to create something new that will entice the hybrid fans out there. Enter the Toyota 1/X, the car that - according to the press release "redefines from its very roots the idea of what it means to be environmentally considerate". Strong words, indeed.

The key here is weight. Toyota is using a reinforced plastic for the body frame that's reportedly stronger (and of course, much lighter) than metals traditionally used in cars. Lighter seats and generic cialis from china a roof made from bio-plastics also help get the generic cialis europe car down to how does viagra work an impressive 926 lbs (420 kg). As a result, the fuel efficiency is twice that of the Prius. The car also saves weight by never carrying more than 4 gallons of fuel...which is fine, since those four gallons will take you over 600 miles.

Another big focus on this car is comfort and openness. The whole thing seems to be made of windows. Apparently, the roof insulates heat effectively, is translucent, reduces noise and gives the driver back rubs on long drives... well, maybe not the last part.

All in all, this seems like the perfect hybrid. Of course, concept vehicles often seem perfect. We'll have to see when/ if it actually gets to market.

Via Inhabitat and Toyota

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written by mcpuddin, April 09, 2008
I know one of the biggest arguments from where I live about prius and fuel efficient cars is it's cool cialis cheap canada their ability to protect the drivers and passengers. I'm curious about how strong this plastic is and how durable it is against the elements. anyone have any documents on that?

Also, we won't be able to recycle this car by melting it down will we :-(
written by EV, April 10, 2008
I'm curious to canadian phamacy cialis see the side impact and use levitra rollover tests.
written by rollie, April 10, 2008
small cars can be just as safe as larger cars- look at race cars- they want them light as can be, yet theyre incredibly safe (especially considering the speeds theyre going!)

Design and crumple zones are more important than body panels
written by mcpuddin, April 10, 2008
So I live in Orange County, California and all the parents buy their children huge cars to protect their children. This results in alot of levitra generic fast delivery large trucks and suvs everywhere. Crumple zones are one thing during collisions, but smoosh is smoosh.

Nevertheless I just purchased a prius the other day =P
written by Magnus H., April 10, 2008
According to the press release the plastic they use is not only lighter but also stronger than traditional metals used in cars, which means they can use less but have the same force resistance. Also, the release states that the plastic has an inherent shock absorbing quality to it, which should further prevent damage.

Personally, I find the tramadol cod online whole situation regarding SUVs sickening. They buy SUVs so they are "safe" in case of an accident, which means that the roads look more and more threatening with all the monster-sized cars out there, so more people buy SUVs themselves, and then you have the situation continuing. If you ask me, SUVs should be banned from personal ownership, but I'm a pedestrian, so my opinion doesn't count for much. ^_^

If security tests prove it to withstand as much force as other, regular-sized cars, I would imagine this car to be MORE safe than most cars, in fact, since you'd have greatly increased visibility and probably a shorter break delay due to the weight of it.
Product Life
written by Luhksy, April 10, 2008
McPuddin wrote about the unlikelihood of melting plastic cars down at the end of their product life, which I agree seems a possible downside.

I am curious about how long Prius expects their 1/x models to buy cialis last on the road.
written by EV, April 10, 2008
small cars can be just as safe as larger cars- look at race cars- they want them light as can be, yet theyre incredibly safe (especially considering the speeds theyre going!)

They also use a seven point harness and helmets and canada generic viagra still get seriously injured and killed. You don't have a point here.
What about cross-winds?
written by CraigV, April 11, 2008
I wonder how much of a problem the light weight will be in cross-winds or when being passed by a big rig.
For the Win?
written by Cryoburner, April 12, 2008
I'm curious to see the side impact and rollover tests.

Quadruple roll combo bonus! New high score! : P

The car looks fairly nice, though I would question how much safety it has to offer. I imagine the plastic body should be much more resistant to minor dents and rust than metal, but its body panels could cost more to replace in the event of incurring larger damage.

SUVs can actually be very useful in areas that have harsh winters, as 4WD can make travel along unplowed roads and back onto roads much easier and safer. A car like the Toyota 1/X would probably not be very good for use in such conditions.

If I were looking for an ultralight hybrid, I'd probably go with the VentureOne. Not only does it look awesome, but it's supposed to be extremely fun to drive. Watch the videos there to see the Carver design in action. The hybrid VentureOne will get around 100mpg, and there will also be an all electric version available. They should cost around $20,000 USD for the hybrid, and just a few thousand more for the all-electric version when they become available in 2009.
SUV Size does not equal safety.
written by kalisoul, April 29, 2008
I tire of seeing the arguments about SUVs being safer becuase of their size and mass.

1) You are more likely to generic viagra be injured in an SUV rollover/crash than you are likely to be "smashed" by an SUV.

Its a common misconception that size=value and larger=safer.

just do some research and you will find that across the board SUVs are NOT safer than smaller cars in real world driving conditions.

Just Another Retired Ex-professional!!
written by Rich, July 28, 2009
Up here in Northern NY you really need some 'ooomph' in heavy snow conditions and some of the lighter cars with small engines and reduced gear ratios just can't hack it. Have friends with Honda Civics and similar genre that have tried snow tires on front or all around and they still drive with Maximum Angst in our 'brief' five months of Frozen Crud!!!

Also liked the coment about a lightweight car and high winds. Ever drive over the Throgs Neck or Whitestone Bridges on a gale-force day? Even blows my long-trip cruiser around-- a Buick Park Avenue W.

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