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Monday, 14th December 2009
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Toyota announces plug-in plan

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has announced it is planning to sell plug-in hybrid vehicles globally by 2011.

According to the firm - which is the world's largest car manufacturer - its new plug-in Prius will be made available on the car market for a price which executive vice-president Takeshi Uchiyamada said "will have potential buyers seeing a plug-in as a viable option".

The new type of Prius can run for more than 14 miles on a single electric charge and can travel for 35.4 miles on one litre of normal fuel, with the engine coming into use when the battery charge runs low.

Mr Uchiyamada also said that the firm sees plug-in hybrid cars as "a realistic solution" within the electric car market.

The Toyota Prius hybrid car has been the best selling vehicle in Japan for six months in a row and is also the world's most popular hybrid.

Written by Mark Smith.

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