Posted by: carboncreditsusa | December 24, 2008

Toyota To Introduce Small “Electric Vehicle” For The City Which Will Signal Major Commitment To Electric Vehicles As Part Of “Low Carbon Society” Efforts

“…The company’s ambitious “low carbon” agenda calls for cranking out one million hybrids a year within the first half of the next decade and accelerating the development of small electric vehicles for mass production…”

“Our view is that oil production will peak in the near future. We need to develop power train(s) for alternative energy sources,”

http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/12/toyota-goes-ele.html

Toyota is bringing a small electric city car concept vehicle to the Detroit auto show, where it will appear alongside the redesigned Prius hybrid.

No one’s saying much about the car beyond confirming it is purely electric and smaller than a Prius. “It’s a concept we are bringing to the show basically to confirm our interest in electric vehicles,” spokeswoman Jana Hartline says, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Japanese automaker, which expects to post its first operating loss in 70 years, is accelerating the R&D of batteries and could introduce EVs as early as 2010 — at which point it also plans to roll out the first plug-in Prius hybrids as part of its campaign to move beyond oil.

Toyota isn’t making a big deal out of the world premiere of its EV concept, which will sit alongside the more pedestrian Camrys and Corollas on the show floor, and isn’t planning a press conference to announce it. That’s unusual because automakers typically announce concept vehicles to great fanfare.

Still, there’s little doubt Toyota is embracing the electrification of the automobile. The company’s ambitious “low carbon” agenda calls for cranking out one million hybrids a year within the first half of the next decade and accelerating the development of small electric vehicles for mass production. “Our view is that oil production will peak in the near future. We need to develop power train(s) for alternative energy sources,” company president Katsuaki Watanabe told reporters when he announced the agenda in October.

Electricity (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles/Electric Vehicles)
Verification tests are currently being conducted in Japan, the United States and Europe, as plug-in hybrid vehicles—which can be used as electric vehicles for short trips and as conventional hybrid vehicles for traveling longer distances—represent the most promising approach.

 

Toyota Strengthens Initiatives for Low Carbon Society

·                      By 2010, TMC will introduce a plug-in hybrid vehicle equipped with a lithium-ion battery, geared toward fleet customers in Japan, United States and Europe.

·                      TMC plans to accelerate development of small electric vehicles for mass production.

 

 

Battery R&D and Production

TMC will establish in late June 2008 a battery research department to advance the development of an innovative next-generation battery that can outperform a lithium-ion battery.

Panasonic EV Energy Co., Ltd., a joint venture TMC established with the Matsushita Group that is conducting joint research on batteries for use in automobiles, will commence limited production of lithium-ion batteries in 2009, moving into full-scale production in 2010.

 

 

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