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Toyota refines battery chemistry to boost next Prius efficiency

Toyota Motor, which dominates the hybrid-vehicle market with its Prius, said the company’s next generation of batteries will be more efficient and improve mileage.

Toyota’s future hybrids will have batteries with higher energy density and power, Satoshi Ogiso, chief engineer for the Prius line, hybrid vehicles and plug-in hybrids, told reporters yesterday. He didn’t give details about when the carmaker’s next hybrids will arrive or specifics about mileage.

“The current Prius has been America’s fuel economy king for many years,” Ogiso told reporters at a briefing in Michigan. Toyota is “very motivated” to continue improving its Prius mileage after boosting fuel economy by about 10 percent with second-and third-generation models. Bloomberg

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