Prius Personal Log  #1104

October 24, 2021  -  October 29, 2021

Last Updated:  Sun. 11/28/2021

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10-29-2021 Specifications.  I was awake at midnight and surprised to discover an embargo had expired.  There was detail about Toyota upcoming BEV suddenly.  Whoa!  That sure was exciting.  No bed for me.  I had to race through the flurry of articles appearing on my various feeds.  This is what I found to share with others...  bZ4X (the upcoming BEV from Toyota) had a few specs revealed today:

  • 71.4 kWh battery
  • 280 miles WLTP
  • FWD 201bhp and 265Nm of torque for a 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds
  • AWD 215bhp and 336Nm of torque for a 0-62mph time of 7.7 seconds
  • Expected to retain 90% capacity after 10 years
  • Water cooling of battery cells with active thermal management
  • 150 kW DCFC 80% in 30 mins
  • 11 kW AC (level-2)
  • Toyota Safety Sense 3.0

10-27-2021

Beyond Clueless.  That guy who has been producing attack videos for profit is even dumber than I had realized.  It's not in my nature to label someone in that manner.  But when you see it repeatedly playing out that way, it does more damage to play down or avoid than to just call it out.  So, I am... here anyway.  The best example of that ignorance I have been witnessing came from today's video.  He called Toyota's plan for battery production hilarious.  His measure of commitment was based upon the Billions of Dollars announced for future vertical (with the company itself) investment.  What has already been invested, what can be converted, and third-party doesn't count... nor does reduced expense from advancements already achieved.  That lack of context is pretty bad.  Today, it got much worse.  All things "hybrid" are bad, period.  He's a purist and does not accept anything with a gas-engine under any circumstance.  So when he saw Toyota's projection of 70 models of hybrid being offered by 2030, he totally freaked out.  His sighted this in response: "Imagine walking into a dealer and seeing 70 different models of hybrid available for purchase."  I was beside myself.  He doesn't understand a basic fundamental of Toyota's business.  They are a worldwide automaker selling vehicles for profoundly different markets.  Each has their own variety to choose from, produced specifically for that audience.  That level of adaptability & flexibility is what has made Toyota a top-seller for so long.  Finding a means of being able to offer such diversity is absolutely vital to be resilient in an ever-changing market.  In fact, being able to easily upgrade from hybrid to plug-in hybrid is evidence of that proactive continuous improvement approach toward dealing with change.  In short, Toyota is phasing out traditional models in favor of some type of electrification.  This is why Toyota has repeatedly stated that RAV4 Prime is likely to be their top-seller in Europe for the next several years still.  While others struggle with shortages related to battery-supply and hope you don't notice how many traditional vehicles they keep selling as a result, Toyota will be shifting their customer-base to plug-in hybrids.  Think about what that means for the purchases to follow.  The second vehicle in households will almost inevitably be a BEV to compliment the PHEV.  For those that fully embrace BEV, it means there will be a pool of used PHEV available.  It's a win-win that none of those clueless individuals spreading brainless rhetoric are addressing.  We must focus on the big picture, not just the next step.  Ugh.

10-27-2021

Agreed.  It is interesting how someone can agree with you, but for an entirely different reason: "Moreover as EVs are now offering 300-400 miles of range going out of one's way for intraday charging may no longer be as necessary, especially when they can use hassle-free, safer and cheaper L2 AC."  It is a good sign when that happens.  That type of overlaps tends to be an indication of getting it right.  In other words, you are working to achieve several goals.  The situation is never as simple as enthusiasts portray.  Finding one is common with someone else's perspective is a very good sign.  I was pleased by today's conclusion, even though the means about coming to such an agreement were quite different:  Agreed; however, not for the same reasoning.  Those 300-400 mile vehicles will remain rare for years to come.  Range is not a priority for this new audience either.  Mainstream consumers don't want the same thing as enthusiasts.  Looking beyond the early-adopter stage we are now wrapping up, the new focus are BEV with affordable & robust battery-packs.  That means vehicles with LFP chemistry instead for them.  Range will be in the 200's as a result.  Offerings with longer range will stick with NCA and NMC chemistries.  Consider the need to finally deliver smaller BEV choices and the fact that we will face a supply shortage for years to come.  That 300-400 choice simply isn't realist in high-volume under those conditions.

10-26-2021

Better for Winter.  I like how Toyota's continuous improvement efforts end up being a discovery.  You just stumble across information from someone who did some research and was surprised by their findings.  In this case, it was in somewhat of a complaint type approach.  There was a video pointing out the complexity of the "heating" system implemented in RAV4 Prime.  You know how Prius Prime uses the gas-engine only when outside temperature is lower than the heat-pump threshold or you want both the Heater & A/C at the same time?  You know, you push the MAX button.  That request cannot be fulfilled with jus the heat-pump.  Removing moisture from the require A/C to run.  Operating a heat-pump in reverse achieves that.  Problem is, you no longer have heat available.  That's why the engine starts, for Prius Prime.  For RAV4 Prime, it doesn't.  Toyota found a clever means of keeping the heat-pump running to provide heat.  Further down the system flow, there is a condenser able to create a A/C effect... which is how cooling is achieved... which is how moisture gets extracted.  I need to watch the video again to understand in depth where & when in the process that takes place.  The point is not how, it is the fact that such a new ability was achieved.  That is continuous improvement.  I stated it this way:  The heat-pump is essentially the same, it's how it is used that differs.  That upgrade allows both heating & dehumidifying to use only electricity... which is the end makes it the same usage with a better outcome.  Each generation requires no change to driver behavior, yet the system delivers even more from electricity.

10-25-2021

When It Hits Home, part 5.  That parting thought of "if you can't" was just too good to resist.  Not only would I respond using the "inter webs" for content, I would make my point with it to distort "reality" as it was claimed.  In other words, it was time to pushback in a clever manner by turning the tables.  That snarky truck reference was perfect fodder for such a reply.  I went onto Ford's website.  Looked up the EV information there.  Then captured an image from the page.  It was of the following text: "ELECTRIC CAN DO EVERYTHING YOU NEED A TRUCK TO DO.  Make no mistake – F-150 Lightning isn't a gimmick or a showhorse destined for a shiny garage.  This truck will enhance the way you go to work and how you play.  That's why we built it to have the strength and capability you expect to get the job done."  I posted it along with a photo of the pickup and a link for more information.  That rude, belittling, and denigrating attitude deserved a humbling retort.  To attack me in such a manner, shooting the messenger without any effort whatsoever to acknowledge what had been posted was just plan wrong.  It confirmed an unwillingness to reason or even seek any type of balance.  I supposedly had no right to question or challenge.  Ugh.

10-25-2021

When It Hits Home, part 4.  The previous reply was shockingly condescending... so close-minded, there wasn't any point to respond.  Though, it is fine to respond with facts as exposition for those reading the exchange... which I did.  This was the end of it, something so bad it's disappointing to have a member of the family say: "Just so you know your fighting an uphill battle buddy.  Your someone that clearly thinks they're smarter then they are and will seek to have the final word.  It won't happen with me.  You can run and look up numbers all you want.  If you can't have a dialogue without relying on the inter webs, your not educated enough on the reality."  Everyone knows a person like that.  They are better than you, period.  I have traveled too.  Anecdotal observation will only take you so far.  I have studied the topic extensively.  I have documented the topic extensively.  I have participating directly in the history of this topic.  That makes presenting numbers a valid part of an online exchange.  Ironically, it is false reality belief that I have been fighting.  People get so deep into narratives, they fail to notice warning signs... clues that they may not have all the information they need or something they observed is misleading.  In this situation, I have no idea what the deal is.  That close-mindedness simply isn't worth it.  Lead by example is the advice to take.  It will continue to drive around using electricity for fuel.

10-24-2021

When It Hits Home, part 3.  The response I got back was a series of false facts followed by a complaint about taxes.  It was rhetoric, some propaganda passed along without any critical thinking.  It was an attempt to reconcile, agreeing to not argue or take sides.  I wanted no part of that.  My focus is to stay true to goals, accepting reality... not passing along information that is so easy to validate, but was not.  Annoyed by the lack of effort, I replied back with some facts to refute the nonsense presented to me:  Europe is a union of 27 member states totaling 447 million people... quite a bit larger than our 331 million here.  They are taking the situation of oil dependency and both type of emissions (smog & carbon) seriously.  The 67 million in the United Kingdom are too.  None are communist.  All have democratic, free-market governments.

10-24-2021

When It Hits Home, part 2.  I got attacked by that person's spouse.  The online rant was troubling.  That load of rubbish was all too familiar.  I've heard it all before.  No thought.  No reasoning.  Just anger... and I was the outlet.  All that can just be ignored.  Rants don't accomplish anything.  The person is usually just venting.  The PS at the end of the post was intriguing though: "Keep the 25 cents for the Prius.  US patriots will stick to our lifted trucks that are American made."  That was very much reminiscent of what my GM supporters had told me in the past.  They loved to target Prius and wave the flag.  It amounted to nothing.  They just declare victory.  Ugh.  Seeing the same thing play out again, but this time with family, I made sure to include memorable facts... stuff that would ironically hit home.  Here's what I posted:  The topic being replied to is gas prices and its impact.  Toyota produces many of the vehicles sold here locally.  For example, the new Corolla Cross is built in Huntsville, Alabama.  That's in America by American workers.  Just last week, Toyota pledged to invest $3.4 Billion for battery production in the United States.  That's expected to create 1,750 new jobs for Americans.  RAV4 is now their top-selling vehicle.  It is built in Georgetown, Kentucky.  That's American made.  Wave the flag all you want, it still won't change any of that or the fact that we have indeed fallen behind.  EV sales in both China and Europe are putting us to shame.  Our infrastructure... which clearly was not supported by the previous administration... is embarrassing.  If you want your F-150 Lightning to be conveniently recharged, think about how that large & powerful EV pickup will be plugged in.

10-24-2021

When It Hits Home, part 1.  I knew it would happen eventually.  Someone in the family would complain about the price of gas and blame the current president without any reasoning whatsoever.  It was just a political rant.  No thought.  No care.  Just looking for a scapegoat.  That in itself should not be a big deal.  But when your relative has been promoting hybrids and plug-in hybrids and planning to get an all-electric, you shouldn't throw gas (pun intended) on the fire.  21 years of endorsing better technology meant nothing?  Ugh.  Since this was online, I treated it just like with an antagonist.  Posting just a single, to-the-point sentence was my response.  This was it: "It costs me 25 cents to commute to work using electricity instead of gas."  The reply back was: "Ruining America."  That was it... just a mindless, pointless reply.  I wasn't the least bit surprised.  Absence of critical thinking is what this person was known for anyway.  So, I didn't let it get to me.  But since the rest of the extended family could potentially see it, I decided to follow up with: "The previous administration left behind a mess.  We have fallen way behind China & Europe as a result."  That sad, true, disheartening fact said it all.  The idiot we had in the White House did everything he could to fight Climate Change efforts.  Carbon Emissions, Fossil Fuels, Environmental Protections... their regulations were rolled back and halted.  He was selfish & reckless.  It was only a matter of time until that abuse reached home.  I had to address it this evening.  What a pain?  Stuff like this is so preventable.

10-24-2021

Maybe.  Every now & then we get something thought provoking: "Toyota is maybe thinking that the EV solution that most of the world needs may be diverging from what is achievable in Japan in the foreseeable future - so they don't spend money on it now."  I was quite happy to respond to that:  Multiple solutions/choices for our variety of transport & power needs is inevitable.  Heck, even within BEV we can already see that happening with battery chemistries.  For those paying close attention, the impression that Toyota will rollout bZ4X using LFP and a model of Lexus using NCA should have tickled some inquisitiveness.  There are subtle clues about what is to come.  I'm expecting detail to be revealed at the LA Auto Show a month from now.  That's an excellent venue to stir an audience very receptive to market growth... and Toyota is definitely an automaker to plunge into new territory.  Their vision is beyond early-adopters and those actually wanting change.  Appealing to those not interested takes a very different approach to what we have seen so far.  Put another way, I recognize that choice to disregard enthusiasts & rhetoric, to instead focus on essentials.  It is a familiar history for those who have been involved with this over the past 2 decades.

10-24-2021

RAV4 EV.  Reading this nonsense is draining: "Doesn't look like Toyota is doing much if anything in the BEV field."  That's the point of undermining.  They just keeping posting, hoping to wear you down.  The misleading efforts become such a confused mess, it impedes progress.  That's why just making stuff up can be so effective.  They distort the situation to such a degree, people lose touch.  That disconnect is the key.  So when the past is brought up, like RAV4 EV, it is very easy to simply claim whatever you want without fear of consequence.  People don't know the facts.  That enables.  That's bad.  Yet, it happens all the time.  I keep fighting back the effort anyway:  That's is what the narrative would like you to believe.  Reality is, Toyota has delivered quite a bit since then.  Izoa/CH-R along with UX300e now have BEV models.  They are EV conversions available in select markets.  The BEV we will be getting globally from Toyota is bZ4X, the first of seven planned for by 2025 using new dedicated platforms.  Watch for details later this year, likely from the LA Auto Show a month from now.  Rollout in many markets will be mid-2022.  As for the narrative, BEV purists like to portray all other EV systems as irrelevant.  Reality is, the all-electric drive from RAV4 Prime is the evolution of Toyota hybrid system.  It now delivers power to make trips entirely electric and has been since 2016.  That's 5 years of EV experience already, without needing to mention Mirai is also all-electric.  The point is, that partnership with Tesla was long ago and has nothing to do with what has taken place since then.

 

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