Eight recharging stations have been set up, with six at its headquarters and two at the local heliport. A further two are planned. Around 300 users will have special cards for booking the cars, which have a range of 100 kilometres, and using them. Billing will be automatic. Users will also be able to book via office-based PCs.
Each vehicle carries a global positioning system (GPS) and mobile phone communications allowing it to be tracked between recharging stations. Toyota says its introduction is being considered in a number of locations, for business use in metropolitan areas and for tourist use in holiday areas, although there are no plans at present to extend testing outside Japan.
A spokesman said there were no plans to bring the system to the UK.
However, Toyota has already used the UK as a test bed for electric vehicles, with the launch of a six-strong electric fleet of RAV4s in Jersey in 1996. Toyota will use the experimental operation to improve the system and its hardware further. Opinions from a wide number of sources will be used to expand the range of applications in the future.