Sift through all the various “environmentally friendly,” renewable alternative propulsion methods proliferating throughout the automotive industry today, and two that you’ll find are hybrids and flex-fuel vehicles. Now Toyota’s bringing them together.
This Prius prototype works mostly like any other, with an electric motor and an internal-combustion engine working in tandem. But instead of burning gasoline, that internal-combustion engine runs on ethanol.
Billed as the first of its kind, the prototype is being developed by Toyota do Brasil. The automaker’s local division unveiled it today in Sao Paulo to government leaders, university researchers, and agricultural industry representatives.
“The invention demonstrates our journey in providing a new mobility society,” said Steve St. Angelo, CEO for Toyota’s Latin American region. “I am very proud of our Toyota do Brasil engineers that worked closely with our engineers in Japan to develop the world’s cleanest hybrid vehicle that uses ethanol for our Brazilian customers.”