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Toyota may mass produce electric cars in China in 2019

Carmaker fears being left out as Beijing readies 'new energy' quota

Toyota launched the RAV4 EV in 2012 but stopped producing it amid stagnant sales.

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor might begin mass producing electric cars in China in 2019. The Chinese government is planning to impose production quotas for "new energy cars" as early as in 2018, and the Japanese automaker is committed to meeting the quota and remaining competitive in the world's largest car market.

Toyota in 2012 rolled out the RAV4 EV, an electric SUV, powered by lithium-ion batteries from Tesla of the U.S. But the model sold only 2,500 units, and the automaker later decided to stop making the things.

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