Toyota To Start Selling Plug-in Hybrids

Toyota Motor Corp. Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada made the comments while showing the latest Prius plug-in hybrid Monday. Currently they are only available for leasing to governments and businesses, not regular consumers.

About 600 of the vehicles will be introduced in Japan, the U.S. and Europe -- 230 in Japan, 150 in the U.S. and 200 in Europe -- starting this month, the company said.

The plug-in travels 23.4 kilometers as an electric vehicle on a single charge, and gets 57 kilometers a liter in mileage.

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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 14, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    Car Free: You sound like you think hybrids are new. Even the Prius is not new. This is just a new design - more efficient. I have a question for you though... Do you ride a bike in 35 or below with driving wind, sleet, pouring rain and such? Even if you're butch enough to do that (and when I was able, I did ride mine in the rain some LONG ago), not everyone is capable. So for those of us that need a car, these advancements are a great thing. The nice thing is there are a lot of hybrids now with the price coming down to a more reasonable range... which is because of the improvements and how long they've been around now. Bigfruitbasket: Selling and leasing are not the same no. The story says they are currently only available by lease, but about 600 will be introduced... thus the headline that they are going to start selling them, future-tense.
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Dec 14, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    Since when is "selling" the same as "leasing" a vehicle?
  • by car free on Dec 14, 2009 at 05:17 AM
    This just slows the problem and pushes the pollution onto the electrical grid-what is needed in all areas (esp. Greenville) are more sidewalks and bike lanes, different zoning, and better alternatives to the ~$9,000 a year cost of owning and running a car that pollutes, kills, and adds to congestion. A car free life is a liberating experience.

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