's devotion to hybrids
is unmatched, but now the company is reportedly branching out to mass produce an electric vehicle
) 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