One of the last electric car
hold-outs has announced they will finally be jumping on the zero-emission bandwagon. Toyota
President Katsuaki Watanabe let slip today in Tokyo future plans for just such a vehicle. Skimping on the details he said only that they would be mass produced and go on sale sometime in the early "2010s." Geez dude, throw a dog a bone, would you? Luckily Toyota
Executive Vice-President Masatami Takimoto was able to offer more plot clues. "We consider electric vehicles
as one of the candidates for sustainable mobility, [but] for the time being the most realistic approach is to use the electric vehicle for short-distance travel," He maintains that, given the limitations of modern battery technology, the next Toyota EV would be a small commuter type vehicle. Hopefully, it will bigger than their previous small electric car of that type, the eCom
. We also hope they aim for more range than the 120 miles their RAV4EV
got with NiMH batteries, although that range was certainly plenty for a lot of drivers.
/ Business Week