Toyota's Hybrid Hits the Streets First

Science  30 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5428, pp. 681
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5428.681

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TOKYO-- As U.S. automakers struggle to draft blueprints for their future fuel-efficient cars (see main text), the Toyota Motor Co. has beaten them to the punch with a gas-electric hybrid that gets about double the gas mileage and spews half the carbon dioxide of similarly sized sedans. What's more, the Prius has made it to market without the benefit of taxpayer-sponsored research and without any looming domestic requirements for zero-emissions vehicles.