As additional car makers make the move to “green”, Toyota continues to lead the pack by announcing that it will have the first plug-in hybrid car by 2010. Different than the current hybrid models offered by Toyota, the batteries would be able to charge from an ordinary power outlet.
The vehicle will run lithium-ion batteries instead of the current nickel-metal hydride batteries used in Prius models and be expected to achieve a fuel efficiency of 99.9 miles per gallon while in electric mode. Although, they can only go up to 7 miles on pure battery power.
Toyota plans on unveiling the new models at the 2009 Detroit auto show. GM, who is a competitor of Toyota plans to do unveil a similar plug-in at about the same time.