Battery Problems Not Delaying New Prius, Executive Says

The Toyota official, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on the matter, said various innovations for the next Prius are being considered - not just the lithium-ion battery.

Published: 29-Sep-2007

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — Introduction of the next version of Toyota's hit Prius gas-electric hybrid won't hinge on the development of a more efficient battery called lithium-ion, a senior Toyota executive said Friday.

The executive brushed off a recent Wall Street Journal report that said Toyota Motor Corp. was delaying the launch of the next-generation Prius by as much as two years because of problems in developing the lithium-ion battery. Hybrids on sale now use nickel-metal-hydride batteries.

The Toyota official, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on the matter, said various innovations for the next Prius are being considered — not just the lithium-ion battery.

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