The Financial Times reports that Toyota and French utility EDF next week will announce an agreement to develop recharging points to serve the plug-in hybrid cars Toyota plans to roll out in a few years’ time.
EDF’s deal with Toyota is expected to cover France initially but could be extended to other countries. The group also owns utility companies in Germany, Italy and the UK. Having adequate electricity infrastructure for the cars is important in Europe, where more motorists park on city streets overnight than in the US.
In July, Toyota announced it had developed a plug-in version of the Prius hybrid using NiMH batteries and became the first manufacturer to have one certified for use on public roads in Japan. (Earlier post.)