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Toyota tries to patent oldest range extender there is


This may be the strangest range extender patent ever given it has been filed by an automotive company. Toyota in this case clearly wants to take ride sharing and zero emissions to the next level and arrives where others have long been before.

Indeed Japan’s most prolific carmaker has registered an unexpected series of patents for their future autonomous and shared cars. While they could help lower costs of driving an EV, actual electric car drivers or car sharers may be a little confused if not irritated by the proposal.

Toyota’s patent draws up a pedal or crank that could generate additional energy, which would then relieve the charging stations and the wallet.

Our question is simply: Why not opt for an (electric) bicycle in the first place? But yes, it is a new take on the idea of pedal-assist, no doubt about that.


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