Toyota plans expanded range of hybrids (Update)

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Toyota plans expanded of hybrids (Update)

Sep 24, 2012 by Kageyama

A participant to a press by Toyota Motor Corp. a quick charger plug the newly-developed compact electric eQ during a test drive at a event in Tokyo Monday, 24, 2012. Toyota is boosting its vehicle lineup, with for 21 new hybrids in the next three a new electric car later this and a fuel cell vehicle by in response to growing demand for efficient and environmentally friendly (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Toyota Corp. is boosting its green lineup, with plans for 21 new in the next three years, a new car later this year and a cell vehicle by 2015 in to growing demand for fuel and environmentally friendly driving.

Toyota said Monday it offer an electric compact eQ, based on its iQ model, in Japan and the in December though the number of the made will be extremely 100 for special fleet use, to the company. The car, which be called the iQ EV in the U.S, isl pricey at 3.6 yen ($45,000) and has a limited cruise of 100 kilometers (62 miles).

In the U.S. an version of the Rav-4 sport model, which Toyota on with U.S. electric maker Tesla Motors, on sale this month.

The cell vehicle, which on hydrogen to produce electricity, be offered from 2015. for that model were not

Toyota Motor Corp. Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada for photographers as he puts a plug to the compact electric vehicle eQ a press conference in Tokyo Sept. 24, 2012. Toyota is its green vehicle lineup, plans for 21 new hybrids in the next years, a new electric car later year and a fuel cell by 2015 in response to growing for fuel efficient and environmentally driving. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Like other Japanese Toyota is gearing up for expansion getting battered the last few by the financial crisis and disasters in Japan and Thailand that production.

The manufacturer is also on its reputation for green technology it has built with its hit Prius, the leading gas-electric hybrid, to woo and fix its brand battered by the massive scandal in the U.S. a few years

But rivals are working on green too, such as Nissan Co. focusing on its Leaf electric Another challenge is that in emerging markets, which are growth in demand for autos, are not as interested in hybrids and other expensive—technology.

Toyota Motor Corp.’s compact electric vehicle eQ during a test drive at a event in Tokyo Monday, 24, 2012. Toyota is boosting its vehicle lineup, with for 21 new hybrids in the next three a new electric car later this and a fuel cell vehicle by in response to growing demand for efficient and environmentally friendly (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Takeshi the executive overseeing technology and new development at Toyota, said the potential for fuel cells was compared to electric cars, of greater cruise range and charging time. He said of thousands of fuel cell were likely to get sold in the

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A good compromise at the moment is the hybrid, which works as an vehicle until the battery down, and then switches to its motor, so there’s less of being stranded than a standard electric car. has sold 15,600 of its plug-in since launching it earlier year.

Toyota Motor Vice Chairman Takeshi puts a plug to the newly-developed electric vehicle eQ during a conference in Tokyo, Monday, 24, 2012. Toyota is boosting its vehicle lineup, with for 21 new hybrids in the next three a new electric car later this and a fuel cell vehicle by in response to growing demand for efficient and environmentally friendly (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Uchiyamada said the positive for new technology, such as the hybrid, Toyota, underlining the deep the public has in reducing emissions and the environment.

Although annual sales were tiny the Prius first went on in 1997, such sales grown to more than one a year worldwide, comprising 10 of Toyota’s global sales.

Motor Corp. Vice Takeshi Uchiyamada speaks a press conference in Tokyo Sept. 24, 2012. Toyota is its green vehicle lineup, plans for 21 new hybrids in the next years, a new electric car later year and a fuel cell by 2015 in response to growing for fuel efficient and environmentally driving. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

In where green subsidies been a big plus in recent hybrids make up nearly Toyota’s sales, Uchiyamada, the known as the father of the Prius,

The public’s consciousness is a lot higher we ever imagined, he said.

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