Toyota Plug-Ins are Coming

Reversing course, the Japanese automaker reveals it will make hybrid cars that can go even farther on electricity.

Published: 27-Jul-2007

The plug-ins are coming.

Toyota's revelation Tuesday that it will develop a new "plug-in hybrid" - which uses a wall socket at night to charge and relies on an electric motor to go many miles before sipping any gasoline - could presage a major shift in automotive technology, some industry analysts say.

Detroit's Big Three have each said the technology is being looked at - after years of outright dismissal. But Toyota's announcement was more significant because the company is presumed to have the technology to actually bring such cars to market, they say.

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