Toyota: Power to the People

Photo Credit: Toyota
Photo Credit: Toyota

Throughout this seemingly endless winter, people all over the country have been forced to endure subzero temperatures, intense storms, and unexpected power outages. Toyota has a new and different solution that could someday help homeowners who find themselves caught in the dark – cars that can provide power to the home in the event of an emergency. Already a leader in EVs with its hybrid Highlander, Camry, and Prius models, Toyota could be on the leading edge of a revolutionary idea for the auto industry.

The editors of Up To Speed think this is an inspired concept. Vehicles that can essentially convert into backup generators for the house could be extremely beneficial for car owners across the planet – especially those in regions of the world with particularly turbulent weather. What we want to know, though, is if this technology becomes standard in Toyota hybrids, will other manufacturers follow suit? Let us know what you think. Continue reading

Toyota Electric Racecar Sets New Record

Electric vehicles as an alternative to their gas-guzzling relatives have expanded across all segments of the automotive world. Even the auto-racing industry has picked up on the trend of electric power, with Toyota setting the bar for the future of electric racing. Toyota racing sent its prototype electric vehicle, the TMG EV P002, to Germany to race on the famous Nürburgring racetrack. What happened next shocked the racing world. Continue reading

Mercedes Electric Supercar

Throughout the history of the automobile, there have been changes, manipulations, and alterations that have moved vehicles from one era into the next. The Veteran era began with the introduction of the first automobile from Karl Benz in 1888. The Brass era, appropriately named for the wide use of brass in vehicles, preceded World War I. The Vintage era ran from the end of WWI through 1929, which began the Pre-WWII era. Fully closed bodies began to take shape during these eras, as well as front-mounted engines. The Post-WWII era began, believe it or not, after WWII, followed by the Modern era, which is defined as the 25 years preceding today’s vehicles.

Throughout all of these eras, the vehicle went from a novelty to a necessity, from simplicity to complexity, and it continues to move forward into the future. Mercedes-Benz, the name that started it all in 1888, may well define the next age in the automobile history books, and it may start with the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive.

With so much emphasis placed on alternative energy and fuel sources throughout the automotive industry, more and more vehicles are being designed with engines that define a new phase for the automobile. Mercedes has begun to play its hand, releasing vehicles that run on natural gas, such as the B200 Natural Gas Drive, as well as those that run using electric motors. As the next step in Mercedes electric progression, the SLS AMG Electric Drive will be the fastest and most powerful electric car on the market upon its release.
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