PHOTO CAPTION: Toyota is offering peek at its new dedicated hybrid concept vehicle it will debut at 2010 NAIAS.

Toyota Plug-In Prius Coming In 24 Months

'Electric First' range is 23.4km or just over 14 miles, delivering up to 134 mpg.

Published: 15-Dec-2009

Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s biggest seller of gasoline-electric hybrid cars, intends to begin retail sales of a plug-in version of its Prius hybrid in two years’ time as environmental concerns spur demand for fuel- efficient vehicles.

The company aims to sell “several tens of thousands” of plug-ins a year globally, Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada told reporters in Tokyo. Toyota will begin leasing the cars today to governments and businesses and aims to sign agreements covering 600 through the first half of 2010.

The company will also start selling a short-distance pure electric car in 2012. Nissan Motor Co., General Motors Co., Daimler AG and startups such as Tesla Motors Co. are also readying vehicles that run entirely or in part on electricity as governments push for vehicles that will reduce gasoline use and trim carbon-dioxide emissions.


BYD F3DM is first production plug-in hybrid with 60 miles electric-first driving range.

MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., a unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., invested in a 9.9 percent stake BYD, manufacturers of the F3DM.

Fisher Coachworks 40-foot GT-40 plug-in hybrid electric transit bus.

The company has developed a 40-foot transit bus with a nitrogen-strengthened stainless steel unibody and chassis and a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain.

Mercedes BlueZero E-Cell will utilitize fast-charging lithium batteries.

The BlueZero E-Cell has a fast charging lithium-ion battery capable of covering up to 120 miles between charges, while the E-Cell Plus incorporates a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine to create a hybrid with a range of up to 370 miles.


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