A problem with Toyota's hybrids
Starting next year Toyota will make almost 1/2 million hybrid vehicles per year, led by the ever popular Toyota Prius. And, not long ago, Toyota publicly stated that it would seek to produce 1,000,000 hybrid vehicles per year early in the next decade.
Recently, however, Noboru Kikuchi, a Toyota spokesman pushed that goal of 1,000,000 hybrids per year to 2020 (more). So, it will take another decade to double Toyota's hybrid production? Why?
Hopefully, Kickuchi misspoke, or he meant NiMH vehicles with the possibility of additional lithium batteries, which might make sense in reference to his speech. Otherwise, this news is a setback.