At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Toyota’s presentation booth will be devoted entirely to Hybrid. Why wouldn’t it be?
As of the end of July, 2013, Toyota’s Hybrid portfolio of 23 models accounted for sales of over 5.5 million vehicles to buyers in 80 countries. The European market represents 10% of Toyota’s hybrid vehicle sales, making the Frankfurt Auto Show an understandable showcase choice for the Yaris.
The Yaris Hybrid-R concept, based on the Yaris 3-door, may be the Toyota Motor Corporation’s future direction in low-emission and zero-emission vehicles. The Yaris Hybrid-R concept powertrain combines the 300hp (223 kW) 4-cylinder 1.6 liter turbo, Global Race Engine (GRE) with two powerful electric motors to provide what Toyota calls an ‘intelligent’ electric four-wheel drive capability.
Rear electric motors, one for each wheel, greatly influences the Yaris Hybrid-R handling characteristics during cornering. It does so by altering the distribution of torque between the left and right rear wheels. The 2 electric motors also work as electric generators during the braking phase, and supplement the gasoline engine during acceleration.
A third electric motor is located between the engine and the 6 gear, sequential transmission. This 60hp (44 kW) electric motor operates as a generator too. During deceleration it feeds the super capacitor, while during acceleration the power goes directly to the rear electric motors.
Together, the combined Yaris hybrid powertrain system develops a total output of up to 420 hp (313 kW)
Toyota has been researching and developing environmentally friendly vehicles for over 40 years. Doing so, the company has established a significant lead in the design and production of full hybrid powertrain technology. At the Frankfurt Motor Show this coming September 10th through 22nd the Yaris Hybrid-R concept will show the world how great that lead is and give us a glimpse as to what the future holds.