The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reports that Toyota Motor plans to introduce E85 flexible-fuel vehicles in North America starting with the Tundra pickup truck as early as 2008. Currently, all of Toyota’s gasoline engines can run on fuel that contains 10% ethanol.
Toyota is also considering rolling out a gasoline-electric hybrid version of the Tundra in North America around 2010, according to the report.
Toyota plans to release a Corolla sedan that runs on ethanol in Brazil in early 2007. Toyota will apply the fuel-control technology used in that vehicle to models sold in North America.
Toyota will probably produce the flex-fuel Tundra either at its Indiana plant or a Texas site that is scheduled to open later this month. Output is estimated at several tens of thousands.
GM, Ford and DaimlerChrysler have already pledged to boost output of E85 models to a combined 2 million units in the US by 2010. (Earlier post.)