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March 7, 2021
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(wgvu) - Toyota says it will introduce a plug-in hybrid
vehicle with next-generation lithium-ion batteries in Japan, the
United States and Europe by 2010.
The ecological gas-electric vehicles can be recharged from a
home electrical outlet. Toyota says they will target fleet
customers. Such plug-in hybrids can run longer as an electric
vehicle than regular hybrids. Lithium-ion batteries are now common in laptops. They produce
more power and are smaller than nickel-metal hydride batteries
common in most hybrids now.
The joint venture that Toyota set up with Matsushita Electric
Industrial will begin producing lithium-ion batteries in 2009.
Toyota also says it's setting up a battery research department
later this month to develop an innovative battery that can
outperform even that lithium-ion battery.
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