01 May '12, 6pm

Toyota says that the 2016 Prius, which will have lithium-ion batteries, will be made in the USA

Toyota says that the 2016 Prius, which will have lithium-ion batteries, will be made in the USA

After more than a decade, the Toyota Prius is still the king of hybrids, at least when it comes to units sold. But despite selling very well in the U.S., it hasn't yet been produced there. That could change for the 2016 model, which would be the fourth generation, though. Toyota has said that it would like to start making the Prius in the U.S. in 2015, but before it can do that the company has to figure out which suppliers to use for all the parts that are specific to hybrids like the Prius (batteries, which by then should be lithium-ion, electric motors, power electronics, planetary gearsets for the special CVT, etc). Koie Saga, a senior managing director for Toyota drivetrain research, is quoted on Toyota's past and present plans for making the Prius in the U.S.: While Toyota currently builds small numbers of Camry Hybrids in Kentucky, using parts imported from Japan, th...

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