Toyota and Daimler-Chrysler Push For Hybrid Van

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The Sienna hybrid van is expected to produce 270 horsepower and with an acceleration of 0 to 60 in eight seconds. It is set with an Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB) system that allows skillful hybrid van braking power and an optimum management of the Toyota' Sienna hybrid van reviving brake structure.

This Toyota hybrid van is created with an advantageous aerodynamic body style.  It is designed to aid hybrid van drivers save more in fuel expenses. The Toyota Sienna has sufficient energy to operate microwave ovens, laptops, and other electronic devices. 

Alphard Hybrid Vans

It was in 2002 when Toyota released the Toyota Alphard minivan.  Originally intended for the Japanese car market, the Alphard branched out in other Asian countries such as Thailand, and Hong Kong. 
A four-seat version of the Alphard was introduced to the public in 2006. It was launched as the Royal Lounge Alphard.

The Alphard hybrid van is power-driven by a 2.4-liter with two electric motors.  With Toyota's E-FOUR system, the hybrid van is front-engined and a front-wheel vehicle. However, depending on the driving conditions, the Alphard hybrid van instantly becomes a four-wheel drive automobile. It can also automatically become a rear-wheel drive automobile solely powered by an electric engine.

Chrysler Hybrid Van

According to a press statement given by DaimlerChrysler, the company is developing its plug-in hybrid plan to accommodate a more advanced 2007 Dodge Sprinter.

The car manufacturer, DaimlerChrysler, is running tests on twenty different plug-in hybrid powertrain designs in the United States. Four of the tested hybrid vans are currently being test by customers already.

The PHEV Dodge Sprinter on electric power can run up to 20 miles. The Dodge Sprinter driver has the convenience of shifting between gas and electric modes when necessary.  This Dodge hybrid van is designed to be more fuel-effective.

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The PHEV Dodge Sprinter is available in two combustion engines: gas and diesel.

Increase in Hybrid Van Sales

Since different people have different car needs and preferences, automakers are designing and developing different hybrid makes and models.

While some may prefer hybrid sedans, others may want minivans and SUVs powered by hybrid engines. The increase in hybrid van sales is an indication that more people are purchasing hybrid vans over regular minivans and pickup trucks in the market.