Toyota to Launch RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid in Japan, U.S.

Economy

Los Angeles, Nov. 19 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> said Tuesday that it will launch a plug-in hybrid version of its RAV4 SUV in Japan and the United States in summer next year.

Toyota will also start selling the RAV4 plug-in hybrid in Europe in the second half of next year.

The company will unveil the model in a world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which will be opened to media on Wednesday.

The new model, named the RAV4 Prime in the United States, adopts a newly developed plug-in hybrid system to offer a higher output power than conventional hybrid vehicles.

The SUV can accelerate to 96 kilometers per hour in 5.8 seconds and travel some 62 kilometers by battery alone on a single charge. It also has a system to supply power to electronics appliances in the event of natural disasters by utilizing high-capacity batteries.

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