18.12.2017Toyota to launch 10 new EVs in early 2020s
Toyota has announced it's electric vehicle plans, with its strategy looking to sell more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles a year by 2030 - one million of which will be zero tailpipe-emission.
The news comes as Toyota aims to up its plug-in options to fend off competition from other manufacturers, with plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), hydrogen fuel cell models (FCEVs), and pure-electric vehicles (EVs) set to join the firm's line-up, which already has an extensive hybrid offering.
Large scale increases in electric vehicle options in the early 2020s are due from Toyota and Lexus, with every model in the two brands' portfolios set to be available either as an electrified option, or as a dedicated electrified model.
Toyota aims to up the ante in terms of electrified models across four main technologies. It is already the world's leading conventional hybrid manufacturer, but it will also roll out increasing numbers of plug-in hybrid models and hydrogen fuel cell cars, whilst also adding pure-electric to the fleet.
More than ten pure-electric models will be launched early next decade, with roll-out starting in China before introduction to other markets such as Japan, India, United States, and Europe. Hydrogen fuel cell models will increase for both passenger and commercial vehicles around the same time too. Currently it offers the Mirai in the FCEV market, a small one it shares only with Hyundai and Honda.
Toyota will roll out its current and next generation hybrid systems to a number of other cars too, with the latest system currently found in the Prius and C-HR set to feature on other core models for both Toyota and Lexus soon. The Prius Plug-In - currently Toyota's only PHEV - will be added to also.
Underpinning some of these models will be a new solid-state battery, which Toyota has been developing for some time and is due to commercialise in the early 2020s. Key benefits of the new technology will include smaller cells with higher energy capacity and increased safety.
The Japanese giant - the world's second largest automotive manufacturer in terms of sales after the VW Group - will look to improve infrastructure too. Thought has gone into elements such as a streamlined battery reuse and recycling system, as well as support for EV charge points and hydrogen refuelling stations.