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Toyota Hydrogen, Electric Cars Coming Soon

Toyota Vice President Takimoto announced the company would commence a 'full-fledge' commercial effort with its fuel cell vehicle program by 2015.

Published: 17-Jan-2009

Toyota plans to begin selling a hydrogen-powered car in 2015, and a two-seater electric vehicle in 2012, the company announced Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show.

Toyota’s announcements came a day after it said it would introduce a plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle late this year, a year ahead of schedule.

The announcements came on top of the introduction of the third-generation Prius hybrid, which Toyota unveiled on Monday, and a new dedicated hybrid for Lexus, the HS250h, which it announced on Tuesday.

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