Toyota pushes its electric vehicle plans five years ahead of schedule

June 18, 2019
Across the Range -- Toyota promises to offer electrified versions of all of its passenger vehicles by around 2025.

Toyota’s plan for battery electric vehicles (BEV) just got a lot more clear. 
Earlier this month, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) held a press conference outlining plans to step up the launch of a wide range of mobility solutions powered by electricity stored in an on-board battery. This includes a commitment to sell 5.5 million electrified vehicles by 2025, including a mix of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and BEVs.
In 2017, TMC said it would achieve that milestone by 2030. But two years later, Toyota acknowledged that the advance of electrification is taking place faster than anticipated.
Pedestrian Friendly -- Toyota will develop and bring to market a variety of battery-electric-powered mobility solutions aimed at peacefully coexisting with people on foot.

These new products will take on many different forms. That includes, of course, battery-powered versions of Toyota’s conventional passenger vehicles. But it will also be comprised of new forms of motorized transportation, such as pedestrian-zone scooters, ultra-compact two-seaters and the e-Palette multi-use autonomous vehicle introduced in concept form at CES in 2018.
Look for the first tangible evidence of this accelerated rollout to appear in Japan, followed closely by China in 2020 — then the US and Europe. Also, going forward, Toyota will look to collaborate with partners on new business models in this sector to maximize development while minimizing cost and risk. That includes an agreement with Subaru, also announced earlier this month, to jointly develop a BEV-dedicated platform and a BEV SUV.
Want to learn more? Check out this video of the BEV press conference as well as additional background information on Toyota’s global news site.
By Dan Miller

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