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Report: Toyota Camry, Lexus RX to get aluminum parts

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Ah, aluminum. The lightweight, strong material has long held a following within the premium ranks, but as Ford prepares to launch an aluminum F-150, the material is gaining acceptance among more mainstream automakers. Toyota is one such brand, with a new report indicating that the Japanese giant will add aluminum bits and bobs to some of its upcoming vehicles.

These won't be full, aluminum-intensive treatments like the F-150, however. Automotive News reports that an aluminum hood and liftgate will be coming to the 2016 Lexus RX, and following that, the Camry will get a bonnet built from Element 13 for model year 2018.

As AN points out, Toyota is no stranger to aluminum, using it in Japanese-built models like the Prius and Scion FR-S. The RX and Camry, though, will mark the first time the company's North American factories will use the material, and they'll do so on a significantly larger scale, owing to the higher volumes that the Camry and RX represent.

"Toyota has plans to use aluminum on future vehicles for hood, closures and parts for lightweighting," Toyota's Jana Hartline told AN. "Also, we will increase usage of mix metals and resin materials to enhance lightweighting efforts."

The aluminum for the Camry and RX would likely come from a new joint venture between Toyota Motor's affiliate Toyota Tsusho and Kobe Steel, with an operation that could produce 100,000 tons of aluminum sheet (like what's shown above at an Alcoa factory in Indiana) each year.

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Recharge Wrap-up: Zero to debut 2015 lineup, Nissan extends New Mobility carsharing in Japan

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Nissan is extending its carsharing service in Yokohama, Japan for another year. The service, called "Choimobi Yokohama," will use data gathered during its first year to make improvements going forward, including new payment options. The one-way service provides users zero-emission driving with Nissan's New Mobility Concept EVs. Nissan will scale back the number of vehicles from 70 to 50 for the second year. As of September 15, membership was at 10,651 users. Read more in the press release, below.

In other Nissan news, the company has a new ad showcasing the benefit of the Leaf's available torque. The video depicts one of the fun parts of driving an EV, which is having 100 percent of the torque available from zero rpm, and shows a Leaf driver pulls away quickly from a stoplight in an impromptu drag race. The ad finishes by reminding Leaf drivers to "use your torque wisely." Watch it below.

Analysts predict a booming EV charging infrastructure in South Korea. Government subsidies will encourage this rapid expansion, as the Ministry of Environment South Korea has a plan to fully fund level 2 chargers, plus the installation fee for DC chargers. The availability and shorter charging time of these stations are likely to help convince people to adopt EVs, as well. Analysts at Frost & Sullivan predict 90,000 charging stations around the country by 2020, as you can see in the press release below.

Zero Motorcycles is set to debut its 2015 line of electric motorcycles. They will first be unveiled at Intermot in Cologne, Germany beginning September 30. The new all-electric models will then see their US launch at AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida beginning October 16. Zero Motorcycles VP of Global Marketing Scot Harden says, "We are confident that the new line will exceed expectations and look forward to seeing how the motorcycle world responds." Read more in the press release, below.

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Rumormill: Next Toyota Prius coming in 60-mpg 'Eco Grade' version?
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There's some mystery surrounding the fuel economy level of the next-generation Toyota Prius. The closest we've had to an official number is 55 miles per gallon, which was hinted at by Toyota Motor Corporation's managing officer, Satoshi Ogiso, last year. That number wasn't an official target, but the company even provided a graphic (above) showing how each next generation Prius beat the previous one by four or five mpg. Since the current, third-gen model gets 50, well, we have been left to guess that 55 is the next logical target.

But, according to a new report in Automotive News, the new, fourth-generation Prius that's due next year will come in two versions, with one having a bigger ego - sorry, eco - than the other. AN says that the model will arrive with a standard nickel-metal hydride battery pack in a version that gets "about 55 mpg" and then a new "eco grade" version with a li-ion battery that "will be rated at more than 60 mpg." AN says this information came from company executives who were speaking at an August meeting with Toyota dealers. Our sources within Toyota say that they haven't heard anything about two high-efficiency models, so we'll take this with the requisite grain of salt. The current version of the Prius Plug-In Hybrid does use lithium-ion batteries, but this is the non-plug model the dealers are talking about. We think.

The dual-battery strategy is certainly a rumor we've heard before. We had thought that the li-ion pack would be for an extended EV range (the current Prius has a barely noticeable EV-only range), but such a pack would be lighter and could boost efficiency, too.

In other words, we look forward to hearing more during the upcoming auto show season.

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Longest EV parade: 507 breaks record

This past weekend, as part of this years National Drive Electric Week events, a new Guinness World Record was set for the longest all-electric vehicle parade; 507 vehicles. The parade was organized by San Francisco BayLEAFs and the Silicon Valley chapter of the Electric Auto Association. Every vehicle was zero-emission, all-electric and perhaps controversially, no hybrid-electrics were […]

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Fuel Cell Partnership Publishes Comparison – How does your Electric Car Stack Up?

The California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) today published an update to their Wells-To-Wheels analysis of Greenhouse Gases emissions. We apologies for the spoiler but yes, it looks good for your EV, in fact, really good… better than fuel cell technology even. The CaFCP use the Argonne National Lab’s GREET model, which uses 120 fuel pathways and 85 […]

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Amidst climate talks, Rockefeller Brothers switch tracks

In the run-up to the UN Climate Summit, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has announced its intention to divest itself from fossil fuels. Will it have a significant impact or is this simply a cheap publicity stunt? Whilst not directly related to the advancement of future transportation, we at TransportEvolved know that an important part of that future […]

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Scottish Borders electric car message hits the road - BBC News

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Scottish Borders electric car message hits the road
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A series of events highlighting the benefits of electric vehicles is under way in the Scottish Borders. The region currently has five rapid charging points available in Coldstream, Eyemouth, Hawick, Newtown St Boswells and Peebles. Visitors to the ...
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Brown signs bill to urge more drivers into eco-friendly vehicles - Los Angeles Times

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Brown signs bill to urge more drivers into eco-friendly vehicles
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Seeking to put more California drivers in electric cars, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Sunday providing financial incentives and other perks to entice consumers to buy the environmentally friendly vehicles. The push for low-emission cars ...
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Your electric car isn't making California's air any cleaner - Grist

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Your electric car isn't making California's air any cleaner
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Since 2010, the roughly 38,000 citizens and businesses of this prosperous Bay Area suburb, where the median household income is $140,444, have purchased 463 zero-emissions vehicles. Such vehicles receive major state subsidies; nearly $1 million of ...