Not quite hidden and not quite announced with bold letters, Toyota
released a press release
this week that says they are working on a plug-in hybrid
vehicle. The passage in question says that Toyota "will advance its research and development of plug-in hybrid vehicles (which can be charged from an external power source and provide electricity) and is currently working on a next-generation vehicle that can extend the distance traveled by the electric motor alone." The release is full of lofty goals, such as making cars in 2010 that emit 75 percent fewer emissions than cars made in 2005 and doubling the number of hybrid
models by the early 2010s. Toyota also plans to sell an E100 car in Brazil (where else?) early next year. That's a lot of announcements for one little press release, don't you think?
[Source: Toyota via The Energy Blog]