The first generation Toyota Prius debuted almost 30 years ago. As a result, many of these vehicles have either reached or are approaching the end of their useful life, making them suitable candidates for scrapping. The batteries that powered those early hybrids will find new uses in Toyota’s next generation of electrified vehicles, thanks to a newly established partnership with Redwood Materials.
Toyota previously agreed to supply the auto recycling company with used battery-powered vehicles. Now, thanks to the new agreement, the automaker will also purchase cathode active material and anode copper foil from the company.
Toyota expects the battery lifecycle ecosystem it is building with Redwood to include recycling, remanufacturing and repurposing of approximately 5 million vehicles. Most, although not all, of this recycled material will come from the company’s own fleet of hybrid vehicles.
Since so many Priuses are sold in California, many will end up at the Redwood recycling plant in Nevada at the end of their life. Parts made at this facility will then be shipped to Toyota’s battery plant under construction in North Carolina.
The automaker emphasizes that this solution will help reduce production costs and localize the supply chain. In addition to environmental benefits, the move could potentially make Toyota vehicles eligible for tax breaks in the United States.
“We are thrilled to be procuring critical battery components and materials for use in our battery ecosystem,” said Sean Suggs, president of Toyota’s North Carolina battery plant. “We will continue to work to source and recycle battery materials here in the United States to maximize these precious resources and reduce carbon emissions in the process.”
The car didn’t even have back seats. Oddities of the base 2024 Toyota Tacoma
Yesterday we talked about the Toyota Tacoma 2024, which entered the US market, and today details appeared about its simplest version – the SR. It turned out that with a one and a half cabin there are no more seats in the back. At all.
The current Tacoma with the exact same body has seats. Even though they are folding, they are there. The Takoma 2024 doesn’t even have reclining seats: all the space behind the seats can only be used for transporting things. But this solution looks rather strange for a one and a half cabin.
At the same time, the Tacoma SR 2024 received an improved media system with an 8-inch screen and support for wireless (!) Apple CarPlay and Android Auto protocols, and the database already has a set of security systems Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 (for comparison, for its analogue in Chevrolet Colorado has to pay almost 2.5 thousand dollars extra).
The most important innovation is under the hood: replacing the 2.7-liter naturally aspirated engine with 159 hp. came a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine with 228 hp. The dynamics have become better, but you will have to operate the manual transmission: in the basic version it is a manual transmission.
Prices in the USA range from 33 to 38.5 thousand dollars. The top-of-the-line 2024 Tacoma SR will have a full cab with a back seat, all-wheel drive, and even a 270-horsepower engine. (still the same 2.4-liter), but the gearbox is still manual.
This is the BMW X3 2025 with different nostrils. The new product was shown in high-quality images
The German automaker has been criticized for the design of its cars in recent years, and according to spy photos of the 2025 BMW X3 that surfaced this fall, the manufacturer has changed some elements.
The following images were created by Sugar Design based on photos of the prototype. There are fewer lines visible on the body of the new model, and the handles are located flush with the body.
The front grille may be perceived differently by fans. The nostrils will become larger, and they will abandon the traditional vertical slats in favor of glossy black plastic. The fenders and headlights have changed, which are similar in shape to the headlights of the X1 and the new 5 Series.
A test prototype has revealed that the new X3 will feature LED taillights that are radically different from the current model’s taillights, and Sugar Design has shown what they could look like.
Powered by petrol and diesel engines (for markets outside North America), as well as hybrid powertrains, the model is rumored to continue using an updated version of the current CLAR architecture. The all-electric iX3 is expected to ride on BMW’s Neue Klasse platform.
The next-generation X3 is expected to be unveiled in mid-2024.
Toyota abandoned the corporate logo, replacing it with a blue dot on cars equipped with hybrid powertrains
Since 2009, Toyota has used a blue halo on its T badge on vehicles equipped with hybrid powertrains. The new Camry doesn’t have that badge, despite being a pure hybrid.
Instead of a blue accent on the badge, the Toyota Camry gets a blue dot on the trunk next to the letters HEV. Toyota confirmed that the new circle is intended to symbolize “the happiness of people living on earth and the desire to pass it on to the next generation.”
The new blue circle will replace the previous prominent badge on new Toyota hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles, a company representative who spoke with Motor Trend confirmed. Those changes start with models like the Camry, Crown and the automaker’s best-known hybrid, the Prius.
Other electrified cars like the RAV4, Venza and Corolla have retained the blue badges, but only because they haven’t been updated yet. Soon a blue dot will also appear on them.
It’s all part of the automaker’s “Beyond Zero” marketing campaign, which involves using electrified vehicles to “go beyond carbon neutrality with our products” and “have a positive impact on our planet and society.”
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