Toyota Launches Its Sixth Hybrid Power Vehicle | Part Two

Smooth performance is aided by power from the rear wheel motor being used when accelerating away from start-up or in slippery conditions. The rear motor and differential form a single unit, so there is no need for a central propeller shaft. This reduces the vehicle’s weight and so contributes to the Alphard Hybrid’s fuel economy.

The system uses a hybrid battery with an output greater than any other yet produced and offers excellent energy management. The Alphard Hybrid can generate up to 1,500 watts and is equipped with standard 100-volt AC power outlets, allowing a wide range of household or business appliances to be used, such as hairdryers and microwave ovens. The battery is located beneath the front seats, so does not compromise the vehicle’s luggage capacity at the rear.

The Alphard Hybrid also offers a package of advanced safety systems, including a Blind Corner Monitor, which detects vehicles or pedestrians approaching from left or right, a Back Guide Monitor with a rear-facing camera to aid reversing manoeuvres, radar-based intelligent cruise control and a lane monitoring system which measures the lateral distance between the vehicle and the margins of motorway lanes and sounds a warning if the car’s course begins to drift.

Published 4 August 2003 Melanie Carter

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