Toyota Europe outlines roadmap for 100% CO2 reduction by 2035

Toyota Europe outlines roadmap for 100% CO2 reduction by 2035

Toyota Motor Europe has communicated the latest news on its European business strategy, sharing the company’s vision, new products and technology developments. The strategy focuses on the company's commitment to carbon neutrality, the acceleration of its electrification plan and its active role in building a hydrogen economy.

During a plenary briefing at the company's Kenshiki event for media, Toyota executives explained the company’s strategy to reach carbon neutrality as quickly as possible, whilst minimising carbon emissions during the journey to neutrality.

The goal of minimising carbon emissions is to be achieved by accelerating electrification and offering a diverse range of CO2 efficient powertrain solutions to all Toyota Motor Europe's customers.

In the coming years, Toyota will roll out an increasing number of practical and affordable zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) with the bZ4X being the latest model to be launched. By 2030, the ZEV sales mix is anticipated to be a minimum of 50% in Western Europe, with the capacity and capability to further increase should customer demand go even higher.

"Moving beyond 2030, we expect to see further ZEV demand acceleration and Toyota will be ready to achieve 100% CO2 reduction in all new vehicles by 2035 in Western Europe, assuming that sufficient electric charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructures are in place by then, together with the renewable energy capacity increases that will be required," said Matt Harrison, President & CEO of Toyota Motor Europe.

Toyota Motor Europe expects to deliver 1.07m vehicles in 2021, for an estimated 6.3% market share – a new record and an increase of 80k units compared to 2020. In 2022, Toyota Motor Europe is planning to sell around 1.3m vehicles for a 6.5% market share – another new record.

Underpinning the anticipated 230k sales growth between 2021 and 2022 is strong product power, including wide availability of TNGA platforms and a highest-ever electrification mix of around 70% currently.

It is also supported by strong new model introductions including the new bZ4X, the Aygo X, the GR86 and the Corolla Cross.

“Whilst Toyota is committed to making millions of Battery Electric Vehicles available to customers, the way to reduce the most net carbon emissions globally is to use every item in our toolbox, including Hybrid Electric, Plug-in Hybrid Electric, Battery Electric and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, with the proportions of each optimised to make best use of the infrastructure constraints and customer circumstances of every region, and the limited supply and improving performance of batteries," said Gill Pratt, TMC Chief Scientist & TRI CEO.

More details of Toyota’s battery strategy were shared by Gerald Killmann, Vice President of TME R&D, following the recent global announcement of its €11.5 billion battery investment strategy.

Commercial production has started on the world’s first bi-polar NiMh battery which, as well as using less precious minerals, is lower in cost with double the output density of a regular NiMh battery.

By applying similar techniques to Li-Ion batteries, combined with further efficiencies in vehicle energy consumption, Toyota expects to see a 50% reduction in battery cost per vehicle, without deteriorating range, in the second half of the 2020s; thereby making battery electric vehicles more affordable and accessible.

On the introduction of solid-state batteries, Mr Killmann confirmed that, following prototype testing last year, they will likely be first introduced in hybrid electric vehicles before wider deployment including battery electric vehicles with the aims of delivering higher output, longer range and shorter charging times.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:7th Dec 2021

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