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PHOTO CAPTION: Toyota eQ electric car will bow in late 2012.

Toyota Plans 21 New Hybrids In Next Three Years

In addition to new hybrid models and new electric car, company says it will also release a fuel cell car by 2015.

Published: 24-Sep-2012

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is boosting its green vehicle lineup, with plans for 21 new hybrids in the next three years, a new electric car later this year and a fuel cell vehicle by 2015 in response to growing demand for fuel efficient and environmentally friendly driving.

Toyota said Monday it will offer an electric compact called eQ, based on its iQ model, in Japan and the US in December though the number of the vehicles made will be extremely limited — about 100 for special fleet use, according to the company. The car, which will be called the iQ EV in the US, is pricey at 3.6 million yen ($45,000) and has a limited cruise range of 100 kilometers (62 miles).

In the US, an electric version of the Rav-4 sport utility model, which Toyota worked on with US electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors, goes on sale this month.

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