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What we first told you last week has now been made official by the boys and girls at the super-best number-one awesome automaker from the land of the rising sun. Toyota's saying it has developed a plug-in hybrid vehicle for public road tests in Japan and plans tests for the United States and Europe.
Masatami Takimoto, the ToMoCo executive in charge of technology, declined to say when Toyota will bring a plug-in hybrid to market β€” mostly because of the same reason GM's saying they can't get one to market yet β€” both companies still require the necessary battery technology innovation to make it happen. [via NYT]

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