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Ever the scientist, Victor was interested in how Toyota had achieved this. “The major improvement that Toyota made was this continuously variable transmission,” he said. ” He felt this was due to an improvement in the way the car was put together, and not to any new technology in the concept of the hybrid. This is an important point, as it underlines his belief that had he gotten the go-ahead, he could have developed such a hybrid many years earlier. Like all hybrid cars, the Toyota Prius uses regenerative braking, the system in which the energy used to slow the vehicle down is stored and fed back into the power system via the batteries.

P Workers at Japan's Toyota plant work to keep up with the demand for the Prius Hybrid in 2003. In one month alone, more than 17,000 orders were received for the new Hybrid. The Wouk Lecture In May 2005 the first Wouk Lecture, established by the family with the aim of showing the latest 41 The Sperry Award A few months after Victor’s death, his wife collected the prestigious Sperry Award (shown above), which is given for distinguished engineering contributions to transportation. He was chosen for it in the months before his death.

Electric charges build up and can be released in the form of a spark or a small shock. Such a release can also have other results, such as making one’s hair stand up tenement An apartment building, usually fairly run down and rented to tenants cheaply voltage The amount of “push” used to send electrons through a wire, forming an electric current 45 Further Information Books Coughlan, John. Green Cars: Earth-Friendly Electric Vehicles (Wheels). Capstone Press, 1994. Juettner, Bonnie. Hybrid Cars.

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