Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
September 24, 2012
2012 was supposed to be the year that Toyota would begin selling the electric version of the iQ minicar called the eQ. When it introduced the vehicle back in 2010 expected, Toyota said it planned to sell several thousand of the vehicles per year.
"Two years later, there are many difficulties," said Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota's vice chairman and the engineer who oversees vehicle development.
Now, Toyota is planning to only sell about 100 of the eQ vehicles in the United States and Japan in an extremely limited release.
"The current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society's needs, whether it may be the distance the cars can run, or the costs, or how it takes a long time to charge," said Uchiyamada.
Toyota said they are putting more emphasis on hybrid technology, expecting to introduce 21 hybrid models by 2015.
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