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Plug-In Hybrid Leads s Drive Beyond Oil

Toyota, or wrongly, is widely considered the automaker, and the company hopes to its hold on the title and move oil through a sweeping plan to cleaner, more efficient beginning with a plug-in it will produce by 2010.

It s no Toyota s been working on a hybrid to compete against the Chevrolet Volt. but Wednesday s sets a firm deadline and it clear Toyota has no plans of the green mantle to General It also underscores how quickly the to build a viable mass-market car is heating up.

The company s ambitious low-carbon includes cranking out 1 million a year and eventually offering versions of every model it In the short-term, Toyota says it produce more fuel gasoline and diesel engines and alternative fuels like ethanol and biodiesel. It s also big money into lithium-ion

With fuel prices through the roof and auto going through the floor of it, Toyota president Katsuaki says the auto industry has no but to move beyond petroleum.


focusing on measures to address warming and energy issues, can be no future for our auto business, he reporters in Tokyo, adding, Our is that oil production will in the near future. We need to power train(s) for alternative sources.

Watanabe s reference to peak oil that of GM CEO Rick Wagoner, who in the company s decision to shut four truck factories rising fuel prices and demand for efficient cars are not cyclical. In other words, the two automakers in the world realize s days are numbered .

That s not to say the will run dry anytime soon or the of Toyota s cars won t rely internal combustion for many to come. People often ask us the vehicles of the future will be vehicles or clean diesel or electric vehicles, Watanabe Our answer is that it will not be one because energy situations from one market to another.

Still, Toyota is betting on batteries to increasingly augment The world s leading producer of worldwide sales of the Prius topped 1 million. 10 years its introduction wants to stay by producing that many each year as early in the as possible.

Looking further the future, Watanabe says will introduce hybrid of every car in its line-up sometime 2020 and 2029.

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Reaching those goals require bringing down the of lithium-ion batteries, which cost $1,000 per kilowatt according to Tom Turrentine of the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Research at UC-Davis.

Toyota is joining battery partner Matsushita Industrial Co. in launching a program to batteries it says will lithium-ion batteries. It s assigning 50 to the project, according to Reuters. and to begin producing batteries year. Full production is for 2010, although Toyota isn t how many it might build.

It plans to continue building the hydride batteries it currently in hybrids.

The third-generation Prius. due year, will use NiMH The plug-in hybrid coming in will use lithium-ion batteries and be geared toward fleet in Japan, (the) United and Europe, the company said. s no word on when it might be to the rest of us, but Toyota promises to development of small electric for mass production.

Toyota isn t giving up on internal though. It s already revamping its to make them more developing 1.3- and 2.5-liter that will propel of its line-up by 2010. The smaller of the two is with a start-stop system to fuel economy. Toyota plans to roll out a six-speed transmission this fall. It s working with outside to develop cellulosic ethanol yeast and diesel fuel biomass.

And, like everyone in the industry. Toyota pushing and its FCHV-adv fuel-cell vehicle .

TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid
TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid

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