Toyota and Lexus to electrify entire line-up by 2025
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Toyota has announced its electrified vehicle strategy from 2020-2030, with the world’s largest auto maker aiming to have every model in the Toyota and Lexus line-up available as a full-electric, hybrid or alternative fuel option globally by 2025.
Toyota say its electrification 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).
As a result, no models will be developed without an electrified version from the year 2020.
Toyota will instead accelerate development of full-electric vehicles with more than 10 new models to be available worldwide by the early 2020s, starting in China before entering other markets.
Toyota and Lexus hybrid line-ups will also grow with further development of the Toyota Hybrid System II (featured in the current-generation Prius) and the introduction of a more powerful version in some models, potentially performance variants.
By around 2030, Toyota aims to achieve sales of more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles globally, including more than 1 million zero-emission vehicles.
Toyota New Zealand said it welcomed the announcement of a global electrified line-up commitment.
“As the world shifts towards a low carbon future, the automotive and transportation industries have a critical role to play,” said Toyota New Zealand CEO, Alistair Davis (above).
“The high proportion of renewable electricity in New Zealand means that the conversion of the national fleet to electric and hybrid vehicles will make a big contribution to the country’s commitment to reducing CO2 emissions.”
“Toyota New Zealand has made a commitment to moving towards this sustainable future with the release of our new Prius PHV in the first quarter of 2018. This is particularly timely given the Government announcements today of the process to establish a Zero Carbon Act and a Climate Commission during 2018.”
In October 2015, Toyota launched its Environmental Challenge 2050, which aims to reduce the negative impact of manufacturing and driving vehicles as much as possible and contribute to realizing a sustainable society.
Toyota aims to reduce global average new-vehicle CO2 emissions by 90 per cent from 2010 levels. Today’s announcement is the main pillar of a mid- to long-term initiative to achieve this challenge.