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Toyota Promises Plug-in Hybrid by 2010

LCT Staff
Posted on January 16, 2008

DETROIT — The Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s leading seller of hybrid-electric vehicles, announced recently that its first plug-in hybrid will be available by 2010. GM has also recently announced plans to sell its own plug-in, the Chevy Volt, in the same timeframe. Katsuaki Watanabe, the president of Toyota, announced the company’s plans at the Detroit auto show as part of a series of environmental steps.

Plug-in hybrids differ from the current hybrid vehicles in that they can be recharged externally, from an ordinary power outlet. In a conventional hybrid the battery is recharged from power generated by its wheels.

Additionally, Toyota said it planned to develop a new hybrid-electric car specifically for its Lexus division as well as another new hybrid for the Toyota brand. It said it would unveil both at the 2009 Detroit show.

SOURCE: New York Times

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