The Toyota Rime gas-electric hybrid gets ready to go into production at Toyota Motor Manufacturing’s plant in Nagoya, Japan, on Jan. 17, 2020.
Toyota Motor assembly plant.
Toyota and Honda have made progress on the next generation of their hybrid electric vehicles, which are already on sale in Japan, with more than 30 percent of its first-generation models going on sale.
But a shortage of rime fuel is making the Toyota Rimes even less desirable for automakers.
A Toyota Rice fuel cell vehicle, an electric version of the Toyota Mirai, is pictured in Nagasaki, Japan.
Toyota said Tuesday that it would begin production of the new hybrid, which can reach 100 miles per charge in less than an hour, by 2020.
The company also plans to offer a range of hybrid versions of the Mirai by 2020, starting with the Miraei.
Toyota has invested more than $1 billion in the Rimes, including $800 million to improve battery efficiency.
Toyota officials said that the company is working to make the vehicle more fuel efficient.
Toyota is building a second, larger version of its electric Rime, which is expected to be a bigger leap forward in fuel efficiency.
The second Rime will be able to reach 100 to 150 miles per gallon in less time.
Toyota plans to introduce a range-extending version of this second version of Rime at the same time, with a range rating of up to 200 miles per tank.
Toyota says it will offer more advanced fuel cell vehicles, including the Mira, Mirai and Mirae, starting later this year.
It will also introduce a fuel cell version of a third-generation Toyota Mira sedan, which Toyota says will go on sale later this decade.
Toyota’s Rice gasoline-electric hybrids are not yet on sale, but the company said Tuesday it plans to make them available by 2020 or 2021.
Toyota also said that it is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other states to develop fuel cell technologies for commercial use.
The U.K. government has set a target of producing 2 million hydrogen fuel cell cars per year by 2020 in order to meet a national target for reducing carbon emissions.
The goal is to achieve the same level of carbon reduction as the government expects for the hydrogen economy by 2025, according to the U