Toyota Expanding Annual Hybrid Production to 1M After 2010


Toy­ota is build­ing a new NiMH bat­tery plant to per­mit increased pro­duc­tion of its pop­u­lar Prius gas-elec­tric hybrid. It is also work­ing on LiON bat­tery tech­nol­o­gy as the basis for plug-in hybrids which recharge at home and should allow most peo­ple to com­mute using elec­tric motor only.

Hybrids reduce pol­lu­tion and emis­sions linked to glob­al warm­ing
They switch between gas engine and an elec­tric motor to deliv­er bet­ter mileage
Hon­da adding hybrid-only mod­el to raise to 4 offered and 500K hybrid sales after 2010
Nis­san work­ing on LiON bat­ter­ies for all-elec­tric vehi­cle use