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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Toyota to launch lithium battery Prius minivan in 2011

Toyota Motor Corp will launch competitively priced Prius hybrid minivans using lithium ion batteries early next year, the Nikkei business daily reported.

Toyota plans to keep the price of the new Prius model at a level similar to those of current models as it aims to strengthen its lead in the hybrid market, the daily said.

The new Prius minivan will offer a spacious interior and improved fuel economy, and will likely feature three rows of seats for carrying five to seven people, the paper said.

The company will initially manufacture lithium ion batteries at its Teiho factory in Aichi Prefecture, and later plans to produce them at Panasonic EV Energy Co, a battery joint venture with Panasonic Corp, the Nikkei said.

A lithium-ion battery can pack more electricity than a nickel-metal hydride counterpart, enabling a hybrid car to run longer on a single charge.

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1 comment:

Sergius said...

Who waits for the chinese invasion of the electric car markets at the ocident, is wrong, because the invasion will occur by who is preparing itself for this, for over forty years: Japan.

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