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You are in the Toyota Camry Hybrid
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Toyota Camry, Hybrid Cars
May 24, 2006 (6:25 am)
The Camry Hybrid is currently using a nickel metal-hydride battery, right?
I believe that Toyota's plan is to move to a lithium battery, possibly for the next generation Camry Hybrid (which would be the 2012 model year).
A lithium battery is substantially smaller, so that would help with the trunk issue. A lithium battery is also lighter, so you get even better mpg.
Main issue is cost, as lithium batteries are notably more expensive than nickel metal hydride batteries, for now.
#1505 of 3214 Re: Battery [jrock65]
May 24, 2006 (6:32 am)
Also lithium polymer batteries are much more capable of being shaped/created into whatever form is most useful. So you can have a battery compartment that's 5 cm thick or less but is several square meters in area. This way there is more useable space for regions like the trunk etc. The cost of this new technology is dropping quickly, so hopefully we'll see it at an attainable cost next decade.
#1506 of 3214 Re: Battery [jrock65]
May 24, 2006 (6:35 am)
Main issue is cost, as lithium batteries are notably more expensive
I would say that is secondary to the hazards presented by LiON batteries. Scientists are still trying to overcome the heating and explosiveness of larger LiON batteries. What happened to capacitors for storage? They are used in hybrid buses.
#1509 of 3214 Re: Damn AMT [jaxs1]
May 24, 2006 (8:22 am)
How tacky will it be when you pick up visting relatives at the arrivals terminal and you have to try to stuff luggage in the back seat with them or you can't pick them up at all because the passengers and luggage just won't fit?
no, what's tacky is going to visit someone and not renting your own car.
If you think you need more capacity, they buy a bigger vehicle. I don't need a bigger vehicle. And us discussing the size of the TCH trunk is not going to make it any bigger.
Drive the car you want to drive, not the car you think you might possibly need to have in the event that some future event occurs. Again, for that one time every 5 years that some ill-mannered relative shows up and wants you to pick them up at the airport, you can rent a car for them and let them drive themselves. Or rent a bigger car for the few days and go pick them up yourself. I have no need to drive a larger car than I need 99.9% of the time, just because something MIGHT happen in the future. Satisfying 99.9% of my needs is enough - I don't need to satisfy more than that.
#1511 of 3214 Re: Damn AMT [hamm3r]
May 24, 2006 (9:01 am)
If I were to pick up 3-4 passengers at the airport in my old 1980 Monte Carlo, I would still have this problem. And that car was HUGE!
Are you saying the trunk is small or are you saying showing up in an 80' Monte carlo would be tacky???