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Toyota promises to have a urban commuter car that entirely on electricity for sale by The automaker will also up the rollout of plug-in electric models powered by lithium-ion and build a Lexus hybrid.

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Toyota. the leader in car sales, plans to have a compact car called the FT-EV on the by 2012 a lightweight four-seater, on its gasoline-powered iQ, that will an all-electric range of 50 miles.

Toyota’s move toward an car follows those by companies Nissan. Mitsubishi. Think and others aiming for the commuter where the shorter ranges of vehicles are seen as less of a (see Reva Plans to L-Ion Battery-Powered Car in Europe and Mini Car Designer Looks to Market ).

As for its hybrid plans, said it will begin Prius hybrids that can be in to recharge their batteries in slightly earlier than a announced 2010 rollout About 500 of the plug-in hybrids be used for market and engineering by lease fleet customers.

Those plug-in Priuses be powered by lithium-ion batteries at a plant owned by Toyota and EV Energy Co. the company announced. Prius models use nickel-metal batteries.

Toyota showed off models of the FT-EV and new versions of the third-generation Toyota Prius and HS250h at the North American Auto Show in Detroit weekend. Startups Tesla and Fisker Automotive. as well as troubled automaker Chrysler. are all-electric sports cars at the (see Tesla Spiffs Up Chrysler Touts All-Electric Car ).

The push for more fuel-efficient comes amid a dire climate, with sales of new plummeting and American automakers Motors and Chrysler tapping up to billion in federal bailout to avoid bankruptcy (see Off Green Cars Amid Gloom and U.S. Automakers Get Bailout ).

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General Motors to have its plug-in hybrid Volt on sale in 2010. said it plans to be building an commercial van by 2010, an all-electric car by 2011, and plug-in hybrid by 2012.

The economic downturn and falling oil have hurt sales of along with broader sales. Toyota’s hybrid car in the United States fell 53 in November from a year and the company expects to post its operating loss in 70 years for the year ending in March.

But push toward electric and hybrid cars is part of the recognition that, despite falling oil and gasoline prices, the of peak oil, or the coming and decline of production from the oil fields, will force to make more fuel-efficient Irv Miller, Toyota Motor vice president, of environmental and affairs, said in a prepared

Other automakers have reported steeply declining The poor economic climate has led automakers to scale down or cut presence at the auto show, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Rolls-Royce and Rover.

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