"They’ve got first mover advantage,” explains CNBC’s Phil LeBeau on Fast Money. "That's huge. They can leverage that in the future."
"We're very bullish about the new Prius," adds Bob Carter, group vice president of Toyota Motor Sales."
Toyota has sold 1.7 million hybrid vehicles globally since it blazed the trail with the first Prius in late 1997.
Other Green Cars
GM, Chrysler, Ford and Honda also updated plans to offer all-electric or new hybrids in the next few years.
GM had garnered the limelight two years ago with the introduction of the Chevrolet Volt electric concept car, which on Sunday it again said it plans to have on sale by late 2010.
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