Toyota to build 3 hybrid battery plants by 2011

To meet demand for hybrid vehicles, Toyota is planning not one, not two, but three hybrid battery factories, one of which will produce the next-generation lithium-ion battery packs. According to Japan’s Nikkei newspaper, Toyota will spend around 70 billion ¥ ($673.1 million) on the plants with a goal to produce an annual battery output of 1 million units by 2011.

The current nickel-metal hybrid factory in Shizuoka will be expanded to accommodate some of the output.

Toyota is aiming to increase its worldwide sales of hybrids to 1 million units a year by early 2010. The industry together sold 429,000 hybrids in 2007.

Guess Nissan and Honda’s recent plans to beef up their hybrid game got Toyota shaking a little.

 

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