“Pure electric vehicles are far too expensive, and that won't change until battery technology improves. And fuel cell vehicles need a completely new fuel infrastructure,” says Toyota Motor Corp. research executive Hiroyuki Watanabe. So Mr. Watanabe concludes that hybrids — combination battery/electric motor and gasoline-powered vehicles — offer the best alternative both short-term and long-term for the industry as it deals with tighter tailpipe emissions and global warming concerns. ...

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