Toyota aims for plug-in hybrid this year
James Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales USA, said Toyota plans to initially make about 500 plug-in hybrids, which will be made available first to commercial customers. About 150 plug-ins will be scheduled for customers in the United States.
Last year, Toyota' s president, Katsuaki Watanabe, said the company planned to introduce a plug-in hybrid in 2010. The vehicle, which could be recharged by plugging it into a wall outlet, would join other hybrid-electric vehicles sold by Toyota, including the Prius. Toyota will show a new version of the Prius today.
The plug-ins also will be powered by lithium-ion batteries, Lentz said, unlike the Prius, which will continue to be powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery.