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Lithium-Ion Prius to Arrive in Late 2009

toyota_prius.jpgToyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. announced that beginning in late 2009, it will start global delivery of 500 Prius PHVs powered by lithium-ion batteries. Of these initial vehicles, 150 will be placed with U.S. lease-fleet customers.

The first-generation lithium-ion batteries powering these PHVs will be built on an assembly line at Toyota’s PEVE battery plant, a joint-venture production facility in which Toyota owns 60 percent equity.

During its development, the new Prius was designed and engineered to package either the lithium-ion battery pack with plug-in capability or the nickel-metal hydride battery for the conventional gas-electric system.

The 500 PHVs arriving globally in late 2009 will be used for market and engineering analysis.

Toyoya will also display the Toyota FT-EV concept at the North American International Auto Show and confirmed the plan to launch an urban commuter battery-electric vehicle (BEV) by 2012.

The FT-EV concept imagines an urban dweller who drives up to 50 miles between home, work, and other forms of public transportation, such as high-speed rail.

Earlier this month, BMW said it will lease new all-electric Mini Coopers in America by March 2009. The automaker tested the Mini E in Berlin last month.

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One thought on “Lithium-Ion Prius to Arrive in Late 2009

  1. looks like toyota put brakes on the wrong thing…
    conversly where is that electric only volt that was promised in june of 2008 for $20,000?

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