December 21, 2008 There's no images and no details, just a tantalizing two line press release and an EV logo, but given that this news comes from the world's largest car maker and manufacturer of the first mass produced hybrid vehicle, we think it rates a mention. Here's the release in full - "Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. will display a battery electric vehicle concept at the 2009 North American International Auto Show. This display marks the world debut of this concept vehicle".

Toyota's pioneering Prius hybrid celebrated its 10th birthday around this time last year and we've been aware for some time that the company is experimenting with a plug-in electric version, but there's still nothing to go on in terms of the new concept. Looks like we might have to wait until January to find out.

The NAIAS runs from January 11-25. Gizmag will be on the ground to bring you details of this and scores of other new automotive product announcements.