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Toyota charges into electric car race with Panasonic tie-up

Automaker switches off cautious approach to EVs as China quota excludes hybrids

The iRide is among Toyota's prototypes for electric vehicles. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

NAGOYA/OSAKA -- Toyota Motor is entering the electric car market at full force, an area it was one step behind in, with technological help from battery partner Panasonic, as it shores up its presence in the world's largest auto market of China.

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