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Design of Fifth-Generation Toyota Prius Inspired By Lady Gaga

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You wouldn’t believe what goes into the design of a vehicle, especially a vehicle as unique as the Toyota Prius. The story of its latest incarnation saw an initial design that was scrapped and then later, designers reaching for a surprising source of inspiration—Lady Gaga.

Toyota had found that although the Prius was evolving immensely, technologically speaking, people were finding the design less and less “new and sophisticated.” An earlier design by Shunsaku Kodama, the chief designer of the next-generation Toyota Prius, was rejected by his bosses for being “too soft and organic.”

From there, Kodama decided to make the design a bit more “techy,” adding sharp lines. He also wanted some element of “extreme” in his design. More specifically, as he told Automotive News, “As a concept, we were thinking Lady Gaga. We wanted to be more extreme in our design.”

Lady Gaga manages to be both edgy and stylish while delivering solid and quality songwriting. The fifth-generation Toyota Prius looks to do the same thing, although exchanging the songwriting for an efficient and rewarding driving experience. Stop into Krause Toyota Scion to learn more!

Reused Toyota Batteries To Help Bison In Yellowstone

Turns out, driving a green vehicle can benefit the environment in surprising ways. You should know that the next time you take your Toyota hybrid or electric vehicle for a spin, you could one day help the most iconic of America’s wildlife, the American bison.

Green Car Reports explains that battery packs for electric vehicles can still have “usable capacity for other applications” even after they’re unfit for use in vehicles. Applications like storing solar energy, for instance.

Batteries previously used in the Toyota Camry hybrid, 208 in all, were recently repurposed to do just that. They were revamped, “disassembled and tested,” and then rewired to work in parallel and receive the energy that will be collected by solar panels. These batteries will help provide the energy for the buildings that comprise the Lamar Buffalo Ranch at Yellowstone National Park.

The power array of which these repurposed Toyota batteries are a part produce about the same amount of energy needed to power six US households annually.