Toyota builds world’s first hybrid flexible-fuel vehicle (FFV)

Updated Sep 16, 2020 | Same topic: Leading-Edge Tech Trends

The car will be powered by ethanol - a 100% renewable fuel from plants.

The first hybrid flexible-fuel vehicle (hybrid FFV) in the world is being showcased by Toyota in Brazil. And the Toyota Prius was chosen to be the base model for the prototype which will be tested on actual roads in Brazil for durability, reliability and engine performance of the system.

Toyota hybrid FFV side view

The first hybrid flexible-fuel vehicle (hybrid FFV) in the world is being showcased by Toyota in Brazil

A hybrid flexible-fuel vehicle is built to decrease CO2 emission levels by utilizing the hybrid systems’ benefits (low emission and high power efficiency) and ethanol’s CO2 reabsorption ability. As its name evokes, the fuel system is flexible and the engine can also be powered by regular petrol if ethanol is run out.

Early studies show that a hybrid VFF delivers better performance than a standard unit when it comes to environmental influences on the environment. This is based on the test with CO2 emissions which begin with raw materials’ extraction, through its delivery at the fuel pumps to the car’s ignition during its combustion. These findings are even more strengthened when using solely ethanol from sugarcane - also dubbed E100 fuel.

Toyota hybrid FFV angular front

A hybrid flexible-fuel vehicle delivers better environmental performance than a standard unit

The development of a hybrid flexible-fuel vehicle is known as one of Toyota's efforts to reach its goal - "Environmental Challenge 2050" which targets at reducing CO2 emissions in cars by 90% compared to 2010 by 2050. Another goal of the Challenge is to erase CO2 emissions entirely from the lifecycle of the vehicles including manufacturing, parts and materials.

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<p>Toyota Motor Philippines brought one of the first hybrid hatchback in the country with the nameplate &ndash; Toyota Prius. This hybrid hatchback is globally known for being a safe, comfortable, and environment-friendly vehicle that possesses distinct design. It is easily recognizable by car enthusiasts and car buyers. The all-new 4th generation Toyota Prius is now wider, longer, and lower than its predecessor. It features a more futuristic and dynamic styling. The interior of this hybrid hatchback is dominated by white leather. The multi-information display mounted at the center of the dashboard accentuates the interior&rsquo;s white leather. The JBL touchscreen head unit provides entertainment for the car&#39;s occupant, and the automatic climate control takes care of comfort in the cabin. Toyota Prius is also equipped with Vehicle Stability Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Traction Control, Immobilizer, and seven SRS airbags &ndash; all come as a standard. Toyota Motor Philippines offers the Toyota Prius in 1.8L four-cylinder gasoline engine and Hybrid Synergy Drive electric motor engine. The engine is mated to an Electrically Controlled Variable Transmission (CVT) with ECO and Power Mode settings. According to the Japanese carmaker, the all-new 1.8L Toyota Prius hybrid can deliver an impressive 40 kilometers per liter.</p>

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