Toyota Innovates More Earth Friendly Production of Hybrids

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Toyota disclosed that it has discovered a way to manufacture electric and hybrid vehicles without utilizing expensive rare-earth metals. The dependency on these metals complicates the manufacturing process, and a new substitute for rare Earth metals would lighten the requirements and expenses required to manufacture these types of vehicles. It would also circumvent export laws and lessen the dependency on mining.

Toyota Innovates Earth Friendly Hybrid Production

Toyota faced with a ban on rare earth materials has developed a new way to produce Hybrids that is more earth friendly.

Currently, Toyota is the world’s largest manufacturer of hybrid vehicles. However, the production of these vehicles require certain expensive metals, such as neodymium and dysprosium. These metals are typically mined in China, and manufacturers such as Toyota depend on the reliable exports of these metals.

However, China may soon limit their trade policy for materials that diminish the country’s natural resources. Such potential new export laws would threaten hybrid car companies. Without these minerals, the magnetic properties of electric motors cannot function, and without a proper substitute the manufacturing of hybrid and electric vehicles would be threatened. The possibility of a restricted mineral trade has spurred electric car manufacturers to seek alternatives.

Their new, but unspecified, technology will be utilized for wide-scale manufacturing in just two years, according to a Toyota spokesperson. However, there is currently no time-line regarding the availability of the unnamed substitute in the wider electric and hybrid car market.

Hybrid and electric vehicles are gaining in popularity by environmental and gas-conscious consumers across the world.

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  1. mk says:

    not me. If you don’t keep your hybrid for 7+ years, the cost doesn’t justify the means, at least for my driving type. Yah, I know, we have been down this road before.
    I think if hybrids are the future, we should leave China out of materials and production as much as possible. I’d like someone like this lady come up to me and do this to me:

  2. Jason (Admin) says:

    mk – Amazing video. I think it takes a lot of guts to yell at some truck owner for their exhaust…I think that lady has more problems than inhaling fumes.

  3. Mike T says:

    Due to the earth friendly hybrids productions ,toyota is also considering setting up a hybrid assembly plant in Indonesia, having recently brought onstream a similar facility in Thailand because world wants such systems.

  4. Will says:

    nice to read your comment Mike T that toyota is going to setup its hybrid assembly plant in asian countries.

    I think this is the way we can save our energy and fuel.
    Thanks Toyota.

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