Goliath, meet David. Toyota is being sued by Solomon Technologies Inc. for alleged patent infringement concerning the electric drive unit used in the Prius and Highlander hybrid. Solomon is a manufacturer of marine transmissions, and has a technology that they refer to as the Electric Wheel. It's essentially two electric motors that are incorporated into a planetary gearset, forming a CVT of sorts. I'm not familiar enough with the Prius transmission or Solomon's patents to understand how the two may relate to each other, so we'll need to leave that to the courts for now.

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
  • From Our Partners

    You May Like
    Links by Zergnet
    Share This Photo X