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Friday, December 22, 2017

All Toyota and Lexus Vehicles Globally Will Offer an Electrified Variant

Toyota is gearing towards an electrified future as part of their next-decade (2020-2030) strategy. The Japanese carmaker is accelerating the development and launch of everything from hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

In this mid-to-long term initiative, Toyota aims to boost its global sales of electrified vehicles to 5.5 million units including 1 million zero-emission vehicles (BEVs, FCEVs). Additionally, every Toyota and Lexus line-up in the world will offer some sort of electrified powertrain by 2025; in short, the number of vehicles developed without an electrified version will be zero.

With regards to battery electric vehicles, Toyota will launch it first in China (early 2020s) before gradually introducing it to Japan, India, the US, and Europe.

Meanwhile, Toyota will expand the development of their hybrid-electric drivetrain, the Toyota Hybrid System II. In the near future, they will introduce a more powerful version as well as develop a simpler version.

Toyota is also looking at developing a next-generation solid-state battery by the early 2020s in order to maximize energy density, weight/packaging, and reduce costs. In fact, Toyota and Panasonic has already agreed to do a joint feasibility study on a prismatic battery business.

Toyota has been a leader in making vehicles while keeping the environment in mind. This is evident through the introduction of the iconic Prius 20 years ago, as well as the launch of the world’s first PHEV, the Prius PHV, in 2012. The second-generation Prius PHV, introduced in 2017, further increased the vehicle’s electric mode cruising range. Additionally, in 2014 Toyota launched the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, the Mirai, which is being well-received by customers in Japan, the U.S., and Europe. Through these activities, Toyota sales of electrified vehicles have reached more than 11 million units worldwide to date.

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