Review: Toyota Alphard Electric-and-gasoline Hybrid Mini Van

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Review: Toyota Alphard Hybrid Mini Van

#13; The energy monitor tracks the battery power

By Justin Japan Today

French star Jean Reno, aka Mr launched Toyota’s flagship carrier almost exactly a ago. At that time, it was offered with 3-liter V6 and straight 4 gasoline engines, environmental legislation having the attraction of diesels. Although are not particularly inefficient engines, to their BEAMS technology, are, in fact, far more friendly than standard When coupled to a two-ton with all the aerodynamic grace of a they became gas guzzlers, around 9 kilometers/liter, according to but less than half of in the real world.

Hence, hybrid version, launched over a month ago, and the same technology as the 100 miles-per-gallon, Toyota Prius. While the Prius has just a 1.5-liter the Alphard is powered by the standard plus two electric motors, one up and one nestling above the rear In a system that Toyota E-Four, the van is ordinarily a front-engined, drive machine, but automatically 4WD, or even (electric rear-wheel drive, depending on conditions.

Special attractions The first that this van is a bit special when you turn the ignition Initially it appears that has happened, but if you listen carefully, the hum of electric motors can be picked up and the gas is just about audible. drive, release the brakes and you whoosh, almost silently, electric power. A digital on the dashboard lets you know going on: power from the huge battery is turning the wheels. Touch the accelerator and a yellow arrow points the display’s virtual battery to the motor, doubling your


Depressing the throttle still cuts out the yellow arrows, but an arrow to the front wheels in their place, indicating the gas engine is now taking the load. the pedal and the electric motors cut in, providing the driver with all the the machine can muster.

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Fascinating-if not distracting-stuff, especially when the lifts off the throttle and the arrows and turn green, showing the van’s forward momentum has the motors into dynamos, and the is now recharging, ready for the next The upshot of this is not only drivers spend less watching the road ahead thing), but that they end up to drive without using the engine as much as possible thing), resulting in smooth, economical journeys. Transitions gasoline and electric power be all but undetectable without that and the Alphard’s silky smooth is compounded by its continuously variable transmission, which keeps the engine at an even speed, and engine note, at all road Altogether, the hybrid system is of pushing out over 170PS; 131 the engine, 17 from the front and 25 at the rear, which is enough to surprisingly sprightly acceleration for little effort and to keep the van along at 140km/h on the highways.

Another added bonus of all electric power is the three AC power outlets, one between the seats, one facing the second row of and the third in the trunk ready to camping and outdoor gear. can knock out a belting 1500W, to run a hair dryer, though the does need to be started As with most three-row, vans, all seats can be folded to form a mammoth bed, and the row slides backwards and forwards and allowing the rear occupants to each other. The rearmost row can move fore and aft, or be out of the way, to increase luggage

Unlike most other carriers, the center seats fold-down trays in their for the back seat passengers, wittier ones to look their seats for flotation and to search the ceiling for oxygen Nonsmokers can remove the circular thus doubling the number of cup or use the separate rear air-conditioning to their space of second-hand Also, unusually for this there are slide doors on sides, which for an additional can be opened remotely. Airbags are of fitted as standard up front, but the man’s pretty much optional extra of side and airbags costs an additional

Creature comforts Not that are being bought exclusively by The space and level of comfort equals or exceeds that of or Mercedes limousines, so it is hardly that large companies and ministries are adding them to fleets. Starting at Ґ3.6 only 20 percent more than their all-gasoline hybrid Alphards make sense, too.

We didn’t close to Toyota’s claimed in our long weekend of city but we still managed just 10km for every liter of octane gasoline-about double could be expected from the versions. And don’t forget, that fail to qualify for at three stars on the government’s new rating system will penalty taxes from The ultra-green Alphard, of course, with flying colors.

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