2010 Toyota Prius to receive an improved fuel vapor-recovery system

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2010

The 2010 Toyota Prius may not have an innovative fuel bladder that has functioned as Prius gas tank since the Japanese -built hybrids, but definitely it has a bigger engine, better fuel economy and solar powered cabin cooling.

Toyota scrapped the environment friendly bladder mainly because there were complaints with the collapsible container holding much less fuel than the 11.9 gallons listed in the owner's manual while taking much space in the car's range.

Other Prius owners criticized that the tank's fuel gauge signals prematurely that it is close to empty. So, to address this concern, it will make use of a rigid tank made of lightweight resin.

However, it wasn´t soon enough for Darlene Sharar who traded her Prius into a 2009 Toyota Camry when she had problems with the fuel tank's design and there was no repair available to change it.

There was also fuel storage issue in relation to temperature change in as much as the capacity of the fuel bladder drops by about 1.3 gallons at 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

As for the gauge, maintenance manuals suggest recalibration to solve the problem. Owners with a fuel-bladder problem usually complain that the tank won't take more than 9 1/2 or 10 gallons of gasoline, Toyota spokesman Bill Kwong said, adding he had never heard of the bladder taking only seven gallons.

Bladders reduce hydrocarbon emissions by preventing fuel vapor from building up in the tank. Thus, in order to retain its low-emission rating in California, an improved vapor-recovery system will be used by Prius' new fuel tank.

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

Has Toyota started the production of a new electric supercharger? Well, a patent that was recently published indicated that they might have. And this electric supercharger looks more durable and...
by - March 27, 2017
The Tesla Model S has finally arrived in South Korean soil and is now available for test drive. But, there’s a catch. You’ll have to wait several months if you...
by - March 27, 2017
Sorry to say this to the Sport Quattro Concept fanatics. If you guys have been hoping for the production of this iconic concept to begin, prepare for your dreams to...
by - March 27, 2017
South Korean car company SsangYong recently revealed sketches of their upcoming SUV. We’re not always impressed by Korean car designs, but this one looks quite promising. Yup, it is the...
by - March 26, 2017
Twenty-eight years after the company was first launched by Toyota, which was initially targeted to the United States market only, Lexus has already made its way to over 70 countries....
by - March 26, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries