Toyota has unveiled their new Camry Hybrid SiC prototype which uses silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors which could improve fuel efficiency by up to ten percent.

Toyota has unveiled their new Camry Hybrid SiC prototype.

Designed to test the performance of silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors, the prototype has a unique power control unit (PCU) that uses SiC semiconductors which could improve fuel efficiency by up to ten percent.

The prototype will begin testing next month and Toyota will collect an assortment of data including PCU voltage and current as well as driving speeds, driving patterns and conditions such as the outside temperature. The automaker will then compare the data to models equipped with traditional silicon semiconductors to assess the efficiency improvements obtained by the SiC semiconductors.

This information will then be used in the development of future SiC semiconductors which Toyota wants to put into "practical use as soon as possible."

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