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Toyota Invests Big In Batteries

With an $8 billion investment, Toyota plans for 10 new BEV/PHEV battery lines by 2030.

Toyota Adopts Tesla Charging Standard For Future EVs

With NACS, customers will have access to more charging options, especially DC fast chargers, says Toyota.

Future Automotive Fantasy Pales Next To Today’s Technology

Our industry continues to find real solutions to today’s challenges and to those they’ll be facing soon.

Hybrid Fluid Service 101

Does the phrase ­”hybrid fluid maintenance” scare you? It shouldn’t. With more than 3 million hybrids on the road, and many of your customers ­considering purchasing one, servicing hybrid ­vehicles is in your future. Some special procedures must be followed when working on a hybrid.

Why F1 Matters This Year: New Technology Makes For A Better Show

Love it or hate it, Formula One is the top dog in motorsports. With an improving economy, F1 is changing up its rules to include some technologies that are already in your bays, or coming very soon. For 2014, the cars are, for a lack of a better term, hybrids.

Family Owned Wilhelm Automotive Partners With The Hybrid Shop

Wilhelm Automotive, a family owned and operated auto repair company, has joined forces with The Hybrid Shop (THS) to bring expert care for hybrid-electric vehicles, including green and cost-saving diagnostic, repair and preventative maintenance services, to hybrid vehicle owners. All seven of Wilhelm Automotive’s locations will now have certified hybrid repair technicians to service all makes and models of hybrid vehicles.

The Automotive Training Group Releases Toyota & Ford Hybrid Diagnostics Course And Training Manual

The Automotive Training Group has released the 2013 Toyota & Ford Hybrid Diagnostics 7-hour course and training manual. This hybrid seminar was built from the actual failures occurring in a variety of Toyota and Ford hybrid models, so it applies directly to the diagnostic, repair and normal service challenges you’ll be seeing in your shop.

Dorman Products Announces Acquisition Of Re-Involt Technologies And Launch Of New OE Solutions Hybrid Drive Battery Program

Dorman Products has announced its recent acquisition of Re-Involt Technologies and the subsequent introduction of its new line of Dorman OE Solutions remanufactured hybrid drive batteries. This acquisition and the resulting product offering of direct replacement batteries positions aftermarket service providers to capture their share of this rapidly growing market opportunity, according to Dorman.

Performing A Brake Job On A Chevy Volt

There is nothing special about pad and rotor replacement on the Volt. The only precaution is to make sure the High Pressure Accumulator (HPA) is depleted.

20 Facts About Ethanol: Phase Separation Of Ethanol-Based Fuels

Automotive expert, car-talk host Bobby Likis announced that the “Calling All Technicians: 20 Facts About Ethanol” feature on the Car Clinic Network, is designed to enlighten, educate and energize automotive technicians with verifiable facts, studies and statistics on ethanol.

Servicing Honda Civic Hybrid Vehicles

The number one problem with Honda Civic Hybrids has been the high-voltage IMA battery. The first generation cars use a 144-volt nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery, while second generation cars use a higher voltage 158.4V NiMH battery. Third generation cars use a totally different kind of battery, a Lithium-Ion 158V battery that is about 30% more powerful than that in the previous models.

Pulling Codes – A Hybrid Story: The Story Of P1A10

This article documents the code P1A10-Hybrid Powertrain Control Module-Battery Disabled found on a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3L. Code P1A10 involves a possible interlock problem with the system. Our subject vehicle was a former police vehicle purchased at an auction – for $1! – in very poor condition. It does not run or power up, and both cluster displays are blank.