Toyota has announced that all of its cars will be available with either an electric, hybrid or fuel cell drivetrain in seven years as part of a major stepping stone to achieve its Environmental Challenge 2050 announcement made two years ago.
The challenge set by the Japanese maker to itself will see its own new car global emissions reduced by 90 per cent compared to 2010 levels and requires a significant number of cars sold to be electrified.
It now aims on selling more than 5.5 million electrified cars by 2030 with at least one million of those vehicles being emissions free. The plan will see a rollout of electric-based powertrains into every model in its line-up by 2025. If successful, over 50 per cent of Toyota and Lexus new car sales will be electrified models.
Drawing a line in the sand, the company announced no new models would be developed without an electrified drivetrain, leading to the inevitable introduction of electrified drivetrains in vehicles such as the Landcruiser, Hilux and sports cars. But Australia isn’t high on the list of countries to get the new models first.
“Toyota will make available more than 10 battery electric models worldwide by the early 2020s, starting in China, before entering other markets. The gradual introduction to Japan, India, U.S. and Europe is expected,” Toyota said in its announcement.
Underpinning future sports cars will likely be a new electric hybrid electric drivetrain that Toyota says it is developing alongside Mazda to be more powerful and simpler, along with expanding its plug-in hybrid range. A new battery system that is lighter and more compact will be easier to introduce.
There will also be a significant investment in development of fully-electric and fuel cell cars powered by alternative energies such as hydrogen, and more than 10 battery-electric models will be available by 2020.
New technology inside future EVs will include Toyota’s next-generation solid-state batteries that reduce weight and size while increasing storage capacity. The brand is also working with Japanese tech-giant Panasonic to develop prismatic batteries that can be as thin as a book and placed inside cars to provide a better weight distribution among other advantages.
Finally, Toyota says it will focus on development of a social infrastructure to help increase the adoption of electric automotive technology and provide facilities to recycle and reuse the looming glut of old car batteries.
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