Electric city car unplugged
Toyota has announced it won't mass produce the electric version of its iQ city car. Supplied picture

Toyota has revealed that it won't go ahead with the mass production of its second electric vehicle.

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Just days before its Paris Motor Show debut, the Japanese car maker shelved plans to mass produce the electric version of its iQ city car.

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota's vice-chairman, told Reuters media outlet the company was concerned about the limitations of EVs.

"The current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society's needs, whether it may be the distance the cars can run or the costs or how it takes a long time to charge," he said.

As an alternative to all-electric vehicles, Toyota will continue promoting hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars.

To that end the company will have 21 hybrid models on sale by 2015 and eventually have a hybrid version of every car it makes.

The West Australian

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