Toyota taught Prius to work on alcoholMarch 21, 2018
Toyota has built a hybrid prototype on the Prius base, which can run on both conventional gasoline and bioethanol (E100 fuel), made from sugar cane. The car was introduced in Brazilian São Paulo.
In the “Toyota” is not called the characteristics of a hybrid power plant, working on alcohol. Units of the usual serial Prius, which is equipped with a gasoline engine 1.8 and an electric motor, produce a total of 122 horsepower.
With the help of an alcohol-based Prius, the company wants to popularize hybrid cars in Brazil and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. During the growth of plants used for the production of bioethanol, carbon dioxide is absorbed from the atmosphere, thereby restoring the overall balance.
The engineers of the Brazilian brand office and the parent company in Japan took part in the work on the Hybrid FFV project. Before putting the hybrid into commercial operation, Toyota will conduct road tests to collect data on the reliability and performance of the system.
Unlike Toyota, Audi decided to build a plant for the production of synthetic diesel fuel, which will not provide virtually no harmful substances. The production process of e-diesel will include the production of hydrogen by electrolysis of water and the chemical reaction of hydrogen with carbon dioxide (CO2), obtained from the atmosphere or biogenic gases.