Toyota Motors (TM) contended on Monday that hybrid vehicles would help progress its ability to develop electric vehicles.

Shizu Abe, a Toyota executive general manager who heads the automaker's powertrain company, said that Toyota's hybrid technologies would play a crucial role on the road to furthering its development of electric cars.

"We want to correct the misunderstanding that electric and hybrid vehicles are completely different," said Abe, at a briefing in Tokyo, Nikkei Asian Review reported.

The Japanese automaker was adamant in saying that it's already developed hybrid technologies including batteries and motors that will expedite its process of building electric vehicles.

While Abe did not explicitly discuss the future of electric vehicles, he did say that "we would like to put quality first."

Abe's comments come a week after Takeshi Uchiyamada, the chairman of Toyota Motor, criticized Tesla (TSLA) saying that mass battery production in cars is not ready.

"Battery-powered cars with a long range are very expensive and it takes a long time to charge them," Takeshi Uchiyamada said. "Such cars do not fit in our program."

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