The Toyota Prius, named the 2008 Green Engine of the Year at the International Engine of the Year Awards, has been praised by journalists, Hollywood stars, and the American Lung Association for its fuel efficiency and low emissions.
The Prius uses petrol just like any other conventional vehicle. But when it reaches a steady cruising speed, or when decelerating or going downhill, its engine switches to electric power. Regenerative braking allows the Prius to generate energy, as motor-generators convert kinetic energy from the Prius’ mechanical motion into electrical energy, which is then stored in the traction battery.
This hybrid automobile also features High Solar Energy-Absorbing (HSEA) glass to keep passengers warm during the colder months.
Toyota has recently became the first in the world to create airbags for the back seats as well as the front.