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article imageNew 125 Miles per Gallon Toyota Prius

By Chris V. Thangham     Jun 6, 2007 in Environment
With advanced Lithium iron phosphate batteries, Toyota Prius logs 125 miles per gallon.
The Pennsylvania based Lithium Technology Corporation recently demonstrated a new type of "plug-in" Toyota Prius hybrid car.
This Toyota Prius hybrid car will have an advanced Lithium iron phosphate battery that will allow the car to travel up to a distance of 125 miles per gallon of fuel. If confirmed, this will be the most efficient mass produced car in the world.
Lithium Technology Corporation (LTC) said that this new lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) technology will be available and incorporated in hybrid cars next year 2008-2009. Another unique feature available in this hybrid car is it has a “plug in” feature where the cars can be charged from any electrical outlets. There are no “plug-in” capable cars available in the market; they all require special conversion kit to recharge at homes.
The current Toyota Prius cars claim 65 miles per gallon of fuel in ideal conditions, then this new LTC battery powered car will have fuel efficiency twice than that. When they say here is 125 miles per gallon, it is the car that travels on a full charge plus the car travels on a gallon of fuel.
Although the new long range "plug-in" Toyota Prius might prove to be even more popular than its current version (which since the launch of its second version in 2004 has sold over 200,000 units worldwide), it is still very far from breaking the world record for the longest drive per gallon of fuel. This record was recently broken by a prototype car built by a team from St. Joseph La Joliverie University in France, which set an astonishing record of 7,148 miles per gallon of fuel (3,039 km per liter).
Till that car is commercialized, the new Toyota Prius will serve us. You can find more information on the new Lithium iron Phosphate battery technology on the LTC website. If Solar power can be used to power these batteries, then the power costs wouldn't be a problem.
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