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Toyota Plans to Build Only Hybrid, Electric and Fuel-Cell Vehicles

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As an automotive pioneer, particularly with regards to alternative energy, Toyota is on a mission to eliminate conventionally-powered gasoline and diesel cars from its lineup by 2050, focusing instead on hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel-cell vehicles.

The Japanese automaker’s apply-named Environmental Challenge 2050 plan lays the groundwork for their future product releases, as well as how they will reduce their global average new-vehicle CO2 emissions by 90 percent by 2050. A major goal is to sell more than 1.5 million hybrids and over 30,000 fuel cell vehicles every year by 2020.

Toyota is also pushing for further advancements in electrified powertrains in order to develop even more efficient, practical and desirable plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, with company engineers working hard to nearly triple the energy density of current high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.

In order to promote the widespread use of fuel-cell vehicles, in particular, they will continue to work with governments and businesses to grow a thriving hydrogen infrastructure and offer a broader and easier-to-produce lineup of fuel-cell vehicles.

What do you think about Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 plan? Should all automakers adopt a similar plan? Let us know in the comments below.

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2021 Toyota Rav4 Plug-in Hybrid Is The Most Powerful Rav4 Ever

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2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid

It is the most fuel-efficient and the most powerful Rav4 variant.

Toyota has revealed the 2021 Rav4 plug-in hybrid ahead of its official debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

According to the Japanese automaker, the plug-in hybrid Rav4 will utilize the most powerful powertrain in the model’s history, one that delivers “surprising performance capabilities,” including spirited acceleration and nimble handling.

That means it makes more power than the basic Rav4 hybrid variant, which makes due with 219 horsepower.

Visually, the Rav4 plug-in hybrid features unique styling touches that include a black grille and vertical LED fog lights. It will also be offered with a new Supersonic Red paint scheme and bright chrome wheels.

In related news, rival Honda recently revealed the hybrid version of its popular CR-V crossover.

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Next Jaguar F-Type To Be Inspired By C-X75 Supercar Concept?

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Jaguar-C-X75 Hybrid Supercar in red

The British sports car could have a mid-engined layout.

Jaguar’s stunning C-X75 supercar concept may actually come to life vicariously though the generation F-Type.

According to sources that spoke with , the company is thinking about giving the F-Type’s successor a mid-engine hybrid configuration or even an all-electric powertrain, switching away from the current mid-front architecture.

Former design director Ian Callum previously revealed that he took part in designing the next F-Type, which could take some inspiration from the C-X75 concept (pictured), featuring an engine positioned just behind the cabin, one possibly sourced from BMW.

Had it been produced, the C-X75 would have done away with the concept’s micro gas-turbine generators for more traditional hybrid setup consisting of a four-cylinder forced-induction engine and a pair of electric motors.

“We could get quite close [to the C-X75],” Callum stated with regards to the next F-Type.

Jaguar still hasn’t made a decision, but it appears to be leaning towards a mid-engined design. Regardless of the configuration it ends up choosing, it’s good that the company is working on a replacement for the F-Type in a market that favors SUVs over sports cars.

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GM Kills The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid For 2020

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The decision is partly due to the automaker’s promise to go all-in on fully-electric vehicles.

General Motors has discontinue the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, with 2019 marking the final year for the partially-electric family sedan.

The move, as confirmed by company spokesperson to , comes less than a year after the Chevy Volt was killed off. It marks the end of GM’s Voltec hybrid powertrain.

The Malibu lineup received a facelift and a sportier RS trim for the 2019 model year.

Powered by a 1.8-liter inline-four engine and an electric motor, and generating a combined output of combined 182 horsepower, the Malibu Hybrid was able to deliver an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 49 mpg city, 43 mpg highway, and 46 mpg combined. However, it’s battery was too small to allow it to drive on electric power alone.

A shrinking sedan segment, coupled with the niche status of hybrid variants of traditional models, in an automotive landscape increasingly dominated by fuel-efficient crossovers made the Malibu Hybrid a tough sell.

Having shifted its focus to fully-electrified vehicles, GM has seemingly given up on hybrid vehicles. It plans to introduce 20 electric cars by 2023, including a Chevy-badged electric crossover.

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