Toyota To Go 100% Hybrid

Toyota has announced that all of its vehicles would eventually be powered by hybrid gasoline-electric motors. "In the future, the cars you see from Toyota will be 100 percent hybrid," said Kazuo Okamoto of Toyota. There's no deadline for that, but at the rate at which Toyota is introducing new models (especially the predictably popular Camry Hybrid) and ramping up production, it should not take too long.The company has sold 425,000 hybrids since 1997 (when the first version of the Prius was introduced in Japan - most people think that the current Prius model is second generation, but it's actually a third generation vehicle) and plans to sell around 400,000 hybrid vehicles in 2006 alone. That's almost as much as their previous 8 years combined! Also, as we've recently reported, Toyota wants to reduce the price of its hybrids, which should make them even more popular. Just imagine how many they would sell if there was no supply problem and no waiting lists! I bet the US auto executives who said that hybrids were a waste of time and would always stay a "niche product" are now thinking otherwise.

::New York Times, ::Bloomberg, ::Green Car Congress