it is confirming plans to have an all- . said Saturdayelectric vehicle on U.S. roads by 2012 by introducing an ultra-compact battery-powered concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Toyota calls the FT-EV, based on the ultra-compact iQ model on sale in Japan, an "urban dweller" with a range of 50 miles. Although there's no guarantee it will go into production in its current form, it illustrates the company's product strategies.
50 mile range - not exactly impressive, but it's good to see Toyota pursuing a fully electric car.
In addition to the FT-EV, Toyota said it is expanding its offering of Toyota Prius plug-in hybrids powered by lithium-ion batteries later this year, instead of in 2010 as originally planned. Of those, 150 will go to U.S. lease and fleet customers.by launching as many as 10 new hybrid models by early next decade in markets around the world. It also said it will start global delivery of 500
Toyota said electric vehicles like the FT-EV and new smaller vehicles like the iQ will be a key component of the Japanese automaker's environmentally conscious strategy, but the conventional gas-electric hybrid, like the Prius, is considered the company's long-term core powertrain technology.
Toyota is set to unveil itshybrid and a Lexus hybrid called the HS250h at the Detroit auto show, which starts Sunday with three days of media previews. The show opens to the public Jan. 17-25.
Edited by dana1981 - Sat, 10 Jan 2009 22:13:53 GMT