Japanese firm accelerates electrification programme, aims to work with partners to rapidly develop line-up

Toyota will ramp up development of battery-electric vehicles, with plans to launch at least 10 models worldwide from 2020 onwards - including six global models based on its new e-TNGA platform.

The Japanese firm has brought forward the goal for electrified vehicles to make up half of global sales from 2030 to 2025, in part as a response to the accelerated take-up of such vehicles. As part of that plan, Toyota is aiming to sell at least one million EV or hydrogen-powered vehicles, along with 4.5 million hybrids – a technology the firm has long been a pioneer in.

Toyota’s electric vehicle programme will start next year, when the firm will launch electric versions of the Toyota C-HR and sister Izoa in China, alongside a Japan-only two-seat city car. The latter model will have a top speed of 37mph, and will be followed by other ultra-compact cars and scooters.

Toyota is also planning to develop at least six variations of global model, including the results of recently announced collaborations with Suzuki and Subaru, based on an electric version of its TNGA platform.

Those vehicles will include the compact SUV it is developing with Suzuki, and the medium SUV it is working with Subaru on. Toyota will also develop a crossover, large SUV, saloon and MPV, some of which could also be developed with partners, according to the firm.

Toyota’s e-TNGA platform has been designed for flexibility, and can be used to produce cars in front and rear drive, with the motors on the front and rear axles respectively, or twin-motor four-wheel-drive models. As with other EV platforms, the batteries will be mounted under the floor.

Toyota has warned that the plans could be slowed by the ability to source enough batteries. It is working with a number of partners to source battery supply, including a new deal with Chinese company CATL.

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7 June 2019

Toyota spearheaded the Hybrid drivetrain with Prius, looks like they'll do the same to futher mainstream the EV. Once people get over range anxiety (modern EVs can be built to drive a few hundred miles) and fast chargers are commonplace, could see them take off.

I like the idea of one for day to day commuting, less moving parts, oily bits etc. to go wrong. One rotational motor driving rotational wheels.

7 June 2019

At last, late but welcome, hope we start to see some major attractive, reliable and reasonably priced EVs from this giant

7 June 2019
Excited for their future hybrids, it will be interesting to see how they develop them further.

7 June 2019

Better late than never but how did a company so far ahead with a decent PHEV get so far behind in the BEV stakes, the answer I fear was the donkey Mirai

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

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7 June 2019

...the hybrid being so late to the EV movement, may be troublesome for a few, but reliably will not be one of its concerns with the vehicle(s) hit the market. But the complaint that Toyota is the the maker of automotive appliances now might be a little on the nose, When they do hit the road!  

7 June 2019
Thank God for allowing Toyota read the writing on the wall. Strange lethargy on the part of a company that has held major shares in Tesla - which is now "the car in front".

7 June 2019

Toyota 2018 full year profit $23 billion (Source:BBC.com) Tesla 2018 full year profits......................................................................................................................

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