Toyota has sold nine million hybrids across the world since the Prius first became available in Japan almost 20 years ago. That's a lot of batteries. The amount of fuel saved by those hybrids — with a bit of back-of-the-envelope math — is enough for each Toyota hybrid to drive around the entire planet, and then keep going.
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Volkswagen wanted to build a car that could go 100km on a litre of fuel. Now, 15 years after setting that challenge for itself, it has exceeded its goals in almost every way. The VW XL1 is built like a supercar, looks like a spacepod, feels like a production model and crosses the Autobahn while using barely 0.009 litres of fuel every kilometre. This is what it's like to drive the future.
How you're going to get your charge on is one of the big issues surrounding hybrid vehicles, and we've already seen technology to charge your car at home using cheaper off-peak rates. But what if you could actually sell the power already in your car back to the electricity company during periods of peak demand?