TOKYO Feb 20 Toyota Motor Corp will
launch home battery chargers for electric and plug-in hybrid
cars next year as it starts selling new models of
environmentally friendly cars, the Nikkei business daily
reported on Sunday.
The chargers, which will be compatible with non-Toyota cars,
will come in two types, the Nikkei reported, citing company
sources. One would extend from the exterior wall of a home and
the other would be for setting up in a garage.
The company expects to sell 20,000 to 30,000 units in the
first year, with each costing about several tens of thousands of
yen to 200,000 yen ($2,405) including installation costs, the
Toyota, the world's biggest automaker, has said it would
begin selling a Prius-based plug-in hybrid by early 2012 mainly
in Japan, the United States and Europe, targeting sales of more
than 50,000 units a year.
The car, which unlike a conventional hybrid can be plugged
in to enable longer-distance driving using only electricity, is
expected to cost as little as 3 million yen in Japan, the
company has said.
In the field of battery electric vehicles, Toyota plans to
begin selling in 2012 a model based on the tiny iQ in the United
States, Japan and Europe.
(Reporting by Chisa Fujioka)