Jul 21, 2013 NEWSwire
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PHOTO CAPTION: 2014 Lexus IS Hybrid will debut with trusted, if heavier NiMH battery pack.

Toyota Waiting for Next Generation Batteries for Lexus Hybrids

Toyota VP at Lexus says lithium ion batteries don't currently offering enough benefits compared to nickel-metal hydride batteries.

Published: 21-Jul-2013

TOKYO -- Lexus aims to make hybrid technology a hallmark of the brand, but it won't rush to adopt lithium ion power packs even as rivals flock to the lighter, powerful batteries.

Mark Templin, executive vice president of Lexus International, said lithium ion batteries don't bring enough benefits to justify shifting the lineup from the older, heavier nickel-metal hydride batteries Lexus has relied on for eight years.

"We feel like we need to get to the next generation of batteries," Templin said at a July 10 launch event for the Lexus IS sedan. "Lithium ion doesn't bring enough positive return. You have to leapfrog the current technology to get to the next generation of battery technology."


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