CARLSBAD, California, U.S.A. — Our pretty little Prius silently wends its way through congested tourist traffic along a popular ocean highway north of San Diego. California dreamers, boogie boards lashed to their roofs, hardly take notice in their search for a perfect spot by the sea. Those who do, however, give a knowing thumbs-up. Although our car is silver blue, these folks see only hybrid green. While the vehicle looks and drives much like any other, Chief Engineer Toshihiro Oi says ...

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