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I don't know what's happening overseas but I believe that the traditional notion of long-lead and short-lead press previews in the U.S. where car journalists are flown to one location to sample a new car has been placed on hold due to COVID-19. I do know that the last event either I or someone else from Que Auto Compro would've attended (for the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid) was cancelled due to the pandemic, with Hyundai instead inviting us to a virtual online press briefing and promising that the Sonata Hybrid would be sent to the local regional press fleets "soon".Anyone know when the first drives/embargo lifts for the Prime?
See from 3:44 to 4:20.
Nice to see them side by side.
God I love it. I love it so much.that cutway brings up anxiety levels into the dense packaging of this system. Cool view
The height problem can be solved by using 18650 cylindrical cells. They could not reduce the height of prismatic cells. The ChDM Corolla E+ already uses 18650, and they will "sidegrade" the C-HR EV to 18650 in the near future. So it makes sense at least the ChDM Avalon PHV also uses 18650 to take advantage of commonality. What I think will happen is Tesla will gradually reduce cylindrical cell production and migrate to prismatic, therefore releasing a lot of capacity at Panasonic to provide these cylindrical cells to Toyota.But, it does brought me a question, we know (thanks to our Chinese colleagues) Toyota ChDM is doing a Avalon PHEV, should be based on this system? It does seems to have a higher battery pack between the axles to comply with a sedan lower ride height without compromising interior livability.
Even reducing the battery capacity (given it's a sedan it's more fuel efficient), battery cells will have the same height...
What's your opinion? Do you think this is "sedan-compatible"?