Toyota plans to debut six hybrids and two electric vehicles in the United States market by the end of 2012, according to the Japanese carmaker’s executive vice president.One of Toyota’s new electric cars will be manufactured in a joint development with Tesla Motors, and will showcase at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
Takeshi Uchiyamada announced the automaker’s plans during a speech Sept. 13 in Detroit.
Toyota’s Prius gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle has dominated the segment. The world’s largest automaker has been less certain about the market for fully electric vehicles like Nissan’s Leaf due out this year.
Tesla and Toyota announced a partnership in May to develop electric vehicles under the strategy of the start-up company for its $109,000 Roadster, powered by more than 6,800 laptop batteries.
Toyota had previously announced plans for its first electric vehicle.
Article Last Updated: September 13, 2010.
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