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Toyota is testing out a new technology that it hopes will improve efficiency in its hybrid vehicles.
The brand will begin testing silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors this year on the streets of Japan. Every hybrid uses a power control unit that houses a power semiconductor, a part that currently accounts for about 20 percent of a hybrid vehicle’s total electrical loss. Toyota says that the SiC semiconductors allow energy to flow more freely, resulting in less loss.