Toyota's devotion to hybrids is unmatched, but now the company is reportedly branching out to mass produce an electric vehicle (EV) by 2012. Before you gear up and get ready to buy this battery-powered vehicle, note that this EV will not be for U.S. consumption. The Nikkei newspaper reports that Toyota, through its joint venture with FAW Group Corporation, will test the waters by introducing a Chinese-built EV based on the subcompact Toyota Vios, but it will be marketed under a different brand. Our guess is that it will bear the Tianjin Xiali name.

Toyota will make use of its joint venture with FAW to offer an entry-level electric in China with a price tag that's expected to undercut other foreign competitors. Mass production of the Toyota Vios-based EV should begin by the end of 2012 and sales are expected to go nationwide soon thereafter.

[Source: Green Car Advisor]

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