Toyota tweets six new hybrids, electric Rav4

Toyota announced it would build six all-new hybrid vehicles and an electric car by 2012.

Toyota Prius PHEV
Toyota will make a plug-in Prius available in June 2012. Chris Parker/CNET

Today Toyota Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada announced the company would launch six new hybrid vehicles by 2012. According to the company's Twitter feed, one of those vehicles will be a plug-in version of the Prius.

In addition, Toyota tweeted that it will show the Rav4-EV at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The Rav4-EV is an electric vehicle built in conjunction with Tesla as part of the two companies' recent partnership .

Toyota intends to market an electric vehicle in the U.S. in 2012.

As for the Prius plug-in hybrid, Toyota is already projecting sales of 20,000 units after it hits showrooms in June 2012.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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