Toyota thinks electric : A plug-in prius  

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The SMH has a report from the Tolyo Motor Show on some new electric cars from Toyota - Toyota thinks electric.

Toyota will begin leasing plug-in hybrid vehicles within months as part of an ambitious plan to grow its environmental presence and branch out in to electric vehicles that can be recharged from household powerpoints.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Tokyo motor show - where Toyota is expected to reveal a vehicle that hints at an electric car that will go on sale in the United States in 2012 - the world's leader in hybrid technology revealed it will begin leasing a plug-in hybrid Prius before the end of 2009.



The SMH also has an article on something we're less likely to see on the streets - a hydrogen powered car from Mazda - First drive: Mazda’s hydrogen hybrid car.
With all the hype surrounding plug-in electric vehicles, hydrogen-powered cars have all but disappeared from the radar.

But Mazda, which was the first car maker in the world to lease a hydrogen car to a customer, is still pressing ahead with a trial of the technology in Tokyo.

It’s also about to expand the program to Norway. The company’s latest creation is the Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid, an unassuming people mover that has two fuel tanks and three power modes; hydrogen, petrol and an electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries.

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