After taking a look at the rather tepid market acceptance so far for pure battery electric vehicles, +TOYOTA
has reconsidered its plans for the battery powered iQ minicar. Instead of trying to sell several thousand units a year, they will only sell about 100 examples. Even the plug-in hybrid Prius is falling short of sales targets in Japan, so Toyota will be re-emphasizing its conventional hybrid technology. Several years ago, Toyota pronounced that virtually its entire lineup would be available with hybrid power by the end of this decade and 14 new hybrids are coming in the next couple of years. Toyota also reiterated its plans to launch a hydrogen fuel cell car by 2015.
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