Toyota A-BAT hybrid pickup concept

Toyota A-BAT hybrid pickup concept unveiled at the 2008 Detroit auto show.

Honda Ridgeline meets Chevy Avalanche! A hybrid transformer this pickup is only 8 inches longer than a Prius but can go from a four-foot bed to a six-foot bed to an eight-foot bed.

New in this truck is the dashboard-mounted solar panels that power the accessories needed to keep this feeling like a living room on wheels. The hybrid is the same Nickel Metal hydride powered configuration as the Prius.

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