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Has anybody heard anything regarding the Tundra hybrid that is supposedly in the works? I love my Prius, but I miss the convenience of the huge truck I was forced to replace due to ever increasing fuel costs. a hybrid Tundra would the be perfect answer.

If anybody has heard anything, please let me know.

Thanks!!!
 

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The closest would be the Toyota FTX concept truck at the auto shows. (the light blue one). It has a hybrid V8 powertrain and supposedly indicate the design (or design cues) of the next Tundra.
 

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It's in the pipe on an accelerated production schedule. Expect to see it at intro about a year from now.
whats that? 2008???

Ill be there with the cash in hand for a Hybrid Tundra!! :D
 

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Yeah, 2008 seems like a good time. I'll be released after the diesel Tundra which is expected for 2007.
 

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Tideland Prius said:
Yeah, 2008 seems like a good time. I'll be released after the diesel Tundra which is expected for 2007.
Where did you hear about a Diesel Tundra? is it going to be a hybrid to?
 

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Tundra news over at ToyotaNation.com

It has been rumoured for quite a while. No, I think the diesel will be straight out diesel.
 

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Yeah I had read they are trying to figure out which engine to mate with the HSD. They'd like to put a small engine in it, but they don't want to sacrifice towing capacity. It's the same problem they had with the Highlander which is why they settled on the 3.3L V6.
 

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Tideland Prius said:
Yeah, 2008 seems like a good time. I'll be released after the diesel Tundra which is expected for 2007.
If they plan on selling it in NY, Calif, or Mass. (among others) they'd have to sell it as a special duty or heavy duty 3/4 ton commercial PU. That's the only way they'd allow a diesel to be sold here. And I know you don't expect it to be cheap because my Brother-in-law parted with $32K for his Diesel 2500 GMC at a year-end clearance.
 

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I know I'm late to this conversation... just joined the club with my wife's '06 Pious. I too am salivating over the idea of a hybrid truck-like-thing. I'm thinking something akin to the Honda Ridgeline.

I don't know if it would work in a big truck, but wouldn't an electric motor with a small deisel engine to recharge the battery make sense? I've been told that's how the Germans powered their U-boats oh, say, 60 years ago! Maybe recharge times too long for a land vehicle? I don't know. Just an idea and I'm sure they thought of it.
 

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I know I'm late to this conversation... just joined the club with my wife's '06 Pious. I too am salivating over the idea of a hybrid truck-like-thing. I'm thinking something akin to the Honda Ridgeline.

I don't know if it would work in a big truck, but wouldn't an electric motor with a small deisel engine to recharge the battery make sense? I've been told that's how the Germans powered their U-boats oh, say, 60 years ago! Maybe recharge times too long for a land vehicle? I don't know. Just an idea and I'm sure they thought of it.
Smug,
Better late than never... I just joined as well with my wifes '06 Prius.

As for the German U-boats... The US had them too. Both used the diesel engine to charge the batteries (usually at night) to allow them to submerge and take out targets (surface ships) the rest of the time. Internal combustion inside a can underwater will only work for a short time and be detramental to the crew. Another thing about the diesel subs, the batteries probably weighed more than a both of our Prius' together.

Now a days the subs are all nuclear. No more night surfacing to replenish the batteries. They can stay under for months on end now. I was stationed on one for 3 years, believe me I know. The only thing we ran out of was food and toiletries. We are probably a good 30 to 40 years from a safe nuclear car that would run for years off a fuel pellet the size of a walnut. Then, where would we put all those spent fuel pellets... maybe it will take even longer. :(

For now, the Prius will have to do. Maybe, a diesel Prius would get us even better gas mileage.

How's your '06 doing on gas so far? Got ours in late July. Getting around 53 mpg so far, nearly 3000 miles on it already. :D
 

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Smug not Smog said:
I don't know if it would work in a big truck, but wouldn't an electric motor with a small deisel engine to recharge the battery make sense?
Probably not as every time "energy" is converted, there is a loss.
 

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drash said:
Tideland Prius said:
Yeah, 2008 seems like a good time. I'll be released after the diesel Tundra which is expected for 2007.
If they plan on selling it in NY, Calif, or Mass. (among others) they'd have to sell it as a special duty or heavy duty 3/4 ton commercial PU. That's the only way they'd allow a diesel to be sold here. And I know you don't expect it to be cheap because my Brother-in-law parted with $32K for his Diesel 2500 GMC at a year-end clearance.
Not anymore. Since the introduction of ultra-low-sulfur diesel (required for many 2007 model-year diesel vehicles), it's now possible to use catalytic converters and better particulate filters with diesel engines (as are currently used in Europe), resulting in diesel vehicles that can pass CA/NY/MA emissions.

Not that even clean diesels are as clean as the Prius, mind you.
 

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amped said:
It's in the pipe on an accelerated production schedule. Expect to see it at intro about a year from now.
Where did you get this info? I've been appointed as Tundra Truck Manager ( ironically, I move the most cleanest and fuel efficient Prius )
on top of my obligation as well. I will be waiting also to put
in my special order to Toyota for my Hybrid Tundra! Need towing capacity
for my Toyota Boat!
 

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bsoft said:
drash said:
Tideland Prius said:
Yeah, 2008 seems like a good time. I'll be released after the diesel Tundra which is expected for 2007.
If they plan on selling it in NY, Calif, or Mass. (among others) they'd have to sell it as a special duty or heavy duty 3/4 ton commercial PU. That's the only way they'd allow a diesel to be sold here. And I know you don't expect it to be cheap because my Brother-in-law parted with $32K for his Diesel 2500 GMC at a year-end clearance.
Not anymore. Since the introduction of ultra-low-sulfur diesel (required for many 2007 model-year diesel vehicles), it's now possible to use catalytic converters and better particulate filters with diesel engines (as are currently used in Europe), resulting in diesel vehicles that can pass CA/NY/MA emissions.

Not that even clean diesels are as clean as the Prius, mind you.
Maybe, but they better change the laws. Still can't purchase a diesel car or truck unless it's built strictly as commercial heavy duty (based on payload).
 

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Well I think they might go for a HyTac (hybrid Tacoma) instead of the Tundra. This might be their chance to get bragging right about the first hybrid truck and it might also give them the first 30+ mpg truck title (city and highway). I can imagine them mating that big 2.7L 4 with the HSD. This would give them a chance to sell that truck for mid to high $20s. I would get in line for that with an access cab and a 4 x 4. I don't do any towing but a lot of little hauling jobs.
 
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