April 25, 2006

Toyota working on plug-in hybrids

Toyota City, Japan – A report from the Green Car Congress says that Toyota is working on plug-in hybrids, and that the next-generation Prius will have an all-electric range of about 14.5 km.

The report says that Shinichi Abe, who heads Toyota’s hybrid development program, said that future Toyota hybrids will be able to operate as mobile generators. The next Prius, due in late 2007 as a 2008 model, is reportedly being designed with a fuel consumption target of 2.5 L/100 km.

Last year, Toyota exhibited a concept home in Japan that included a plug-in Prius; the house could interact with other Toyota technologies, and was designed to be able to use the Prius as its sole energy source for up to 36 hours in emergencies, and recharge the car when needed. At the time, Toyota said it expected such technologies to be in use by 2010.

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