Toyota ramps up EV plans

By Dave Leggett | 18 December 2017

C-HR hy-power concept previews a more powerful Toyota hybrid model

C-HR hy-power concept previews a more powerful Toyota hybrid model

Toyota has said it is aiming for more than 5.5m electrified vehicles sales a year - including 1m BEVs - by 2030. It also says it will have 'more than 10' BEV models in its line-up by the early 2020s.

Toyota's electrified vehicle strategy centres on a 'significant acceleration in the development and launch plans of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)'.

Additionally, by around 2025, every model in the Toyota and Lexus line-up around the world will be available either as a dedicated electrified model or have an electrified option, the company says. This will be achieved by increasing the number of dedicated HEV, PHEV, BEV, and FCEV models and by generalising the availability of HEV, PHEV and/or BEV options to all its models.

Toyota says it will accelerate the popularisation of BEVs with more than 10 BEV models to be available worldwide by the early 2020s, starting in China, before entering other markets. Othere markets for 'gradual introduction' will be Japan, India, United States and Europe, it says.

The FCEV line-up will be expanded for both passenger and commercial vehicles in the 2020s.

Hybrid Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

The HEV line-up will also grow, thanks to the further development of the Toyota Hybrid System II (featured in the current-generation Prius and other models); the introduction of a more powerful version in some models; and the development of simpler hybrid systems in select models, as appropriate, to meet various customer needs.

Toyota also aims to expand its PHEV line-up in the 2020s.

Solid-state batteries

Toyota says it has been actively developing next-generation solid-state batteries and aims to commercialise the technology by the early 2020s. In addition, Toyota and Panasonic will start a feasibility study on a joint automotive prismatic battery business in order to achieve 'the best automotive prismatic battery in the industry and to ultimately contribute to the popularisation of Toyota's and other automakers' electrified vehicles'.

'Social infrastructure'

Toyota also aims to focus on the development of a social infrastructure conducive to the widespread adoption of electrified vehicles. This includes the creation of a system to help streamline battery reuse and recycling, as well as support of the promotion of plug-in vehicle charging stations and hydrogen refueling stations through 'active cooperation and collaboration with government authorities and partner companies'.