PHOTO CAPTION: Toyota and Tesla are collaborating on an all-electric version of the RAV4 sport utility vehicle.

Toyota: 2 New Electric Cars, 6 New Hybrids By 2012

Electric version of RAV4 is being jointly developed by Toyota and Tesla, picking up where original RAV4 EV left off nearly a decade ago.

Published: 14-Sep-2010

DETROIT — Toyota plans to introduce two electric vehicles in the United States and six hybrid cars worldwide by the end of 2012, a company executive said Monday.

In addition, the executive, Takeshi Uchiyamada, said Toyota would start selling a plug-in version of its popular Prius hybrid car in the spring of 2012 and a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle in limited quantities by 2015.

Mr. Uchiyamada, an executive vice president who heads Toyota’s research and development activities and is considered to be the father of the original Prius, said he expected hybrids to remain widely used for many years because of the cost and limited range of purely electric vehicles.


Toyota FT-86 Hybrid Electric Concept Car

The concept uses a 2.0 liter engine developed by Saburu and is billed as being "green", though Toyota has yet to reveal how it achieves that moniker.

Recall includes Lexus HS 250h hybrid.

Recall includes 437,000 units of its 2010 Prius, Sai, Prius PHV (plug-in hybrid) and Lexus HS250h hybrids globally.

2010 Plug-in Prius similar to that driven by the author.

Admittedly 'lazy' test driver in Ireland finds excuses not to plug in the Prius.


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