Bermuda Motors' Fred Thompson (second right) explains to Saltus staff and students how Toyota's Hybrid Synergy System works. *Photo courtesy of Bermuda Motors
Bermuda Motors' Fred Thompson (second right) explains to Saltus staff and students how Toyota's Hybrid Synergy System works. *Photo courtesy of Bermuda Motors

MONDAY, JUNE 25: Saltus students received hands-on experience in the latest car technologies, thanks to Bermuda Motors.

The new environmentally friendly Toyota Prius c hybrid was brought to Year 9’s design and technology class.

Michael McGrath, A1 technician at Bermuda Motors, gave a presentation on the concept of hybrid systems, which use a combination of electric and regular gas motors and are more energy efficient as well as less harmful to the environment.

Prior to the visit teacher Phillip Heap, head of the school’s Design and Technology Department, had given the class a special graphic design assignment.

Students were asked to design posters advertising the Prius to the Bermuda market, taking into account the environment and Bermuda’s unique perspective, and produced a highly creative range of materials.

Bermuda Motors staff will select the best three. Those students will each receive a prize and have their designs displayed in the company’s Church Street showroom.

Mr McGrath explained to the class how Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy System automatically monitors the engine and electric motor to ensure the most efficient use of fuel and how the Prius uses energy more efficiently through features like regenerative braking.

The technology means the Prius has lower harmful emissions and uses less fuel than most regular cars.

Mr McGrath also explained how Toyota’s drive for energy efficiency is also reflected in the car’s aerodynamic design; the use of longer-lasting, energy-efficient LED lighting; and lighter materials such as plastic, aluminum and composites rather than heavier steel, iron and glass which require the engine to produce more power and therefore use more fuel.

Bermuda Motors said it is willing to go to other schools with the Toyota Prius c. If interested, schools should contact Bermuda Motors. To learn more about the Toyota Prius c, go to: www.bermudamotors.bm.