Toyota is finally charging ahead with its electric vehicle plans in 2022. Electric cars are reshaping the world. While gasoline still reigns supreme, battery-powered vehicles are fast becoming the way to go for many automakers, including Toyota, which has finally revealed its overwhelming support for electrification with 15 all-new concept cars to come. Battery.
CEO Akio Toyoda took the stage Tuesday at a press conference in Tokyo to reveal the automaker’s future strategies for electric vehicles from the Toyota and Lexus brands. While the CEO was in the limelight, he revealed his intention to electrify around 30 new and existing models over the next decade. And while the name of the game is green energy and electrical efficiency, the company is also committed to remembering vehicles for work and play.
Toyota’s literal launch event saw the automaker showcase 15 new concept vehicles, all of which will be backed by Toyota’s much-needed commitment to electrification. Despite being the supplier to the Prius, the company hasn’t necessarily been as enthusiastic about full electrification in the past. The automaker had previously relied on hydrogen rather than battery electric vehicles, which has given competitors such as Volkswagen an advantage in electric vehicle technology.
Leading the way will be Toyota’s flagship brand Lexus, which will offer an electrified version of every vehicle it sells in North America, Europe, and China by 2030. It will also completely eliminate the combustion engine in those vehicles. with the launch of the Lexus RZ crossover in 2022, which is built on the same platform shared by the upcoming Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra.
Lexus will also launch electrified vehicles in at least three other segments, including a full-size SUV, a sedan, and a supercar that supposedly inherit some of the best driving characteristics from the legendary Lexus LFA, only with electric motors that drive the wheels on the spot. of a V10 that swallows gas. Toyota hasn’t revealed much about its electric supercar but has hinted that it will have more than 430 miles of range, zero to 60 MPH time in the neighborhood of two seconds, and the possibility of a solid-state tech battery.
The company will also launch a number of vehicles under the Toyota brand, including several crossovers and SUVs of all sizes (full-size, standard, and compact), as well as an ultra-efficient small-town crossover, as well as a mid-size sedan.
Toyota also introduced three niche concepts that look like lifestyle vehicles. A Supra-type sports coupe, a pickup truck, and a new version of the iconic off-road FJ Cruiser called the Compact Cruiser have all made appearances on stage.
Toyota currently offers two tracks, the midsize Tacoma and the full-size Tunda. The concept unveiled at the event will likely call for a midsize truck, given Tacoma’s status as the best-selling product in the Toyota lineup. This would represent one of the first electrified pickup trucks in the segment, as the offerings currently being announced by other automakers (such as the Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado EV, GMC Hummer EV, and Rivian R1T) are all full-size. . It is not yet clear whether Toyota will offer an offering in both segments when transitioning to battery power.
Finally, Toyota also showed off two futuristic minivan concepts that it calls the Micro-Box and the Mid Box. The names refer to size, with the Micro-Box being the smaller of the two. The automaker hasn’t revealed exactly how these two concepts might fit into its lineup, but it could potentially target commercial markets (like Toyota e-Palette) or last-mile deliveries.
Earlier this month, the automaker announced plans to build a battery plant in North Carolina, a move that comes after a $ 3.4 billion pledge for “car batteries” in the United States through 2030. Toyota believes its gamble will help the company sell as many as 1.8 million electrified vehicles in the United States (and 3.5 million worldwide) over the next decade.
And while these vehicles were just concepts, the first modern, fully battery-powered Toyota car that we know of will be the 2022 Toyota bZ4X, which is expected to go on sale in the spring.