Toyota Unveils 16 EVs to Accelerate Carbon Neutrality
Toyota is often criticized for being too slow for its transition plans towards electrification. In fact the Toyota boss himself isn’t too happy with the global EV revolution and has criticized it openly on various international & public forums. Toyota is even leading a team of Japanese companies to dedicate its efforts to keeping internal combustion engines alive on the road to carbon neutrality by utilizing hydrogen as an alternative fuel.
Now however, Toyota has unveiled 16 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) which will be placed under the Toyota and Lexus brands and are being prepared for market launch, starting with the bZ4X that is scheduled for debut towards mid 2022. This is part of an updated investment plan towards developing carbon-neutral vehicles and technologies amounting to 8 trillion yen.
Toyota said that the 16 BEVs unveiled today is the start of a major push into the zero-emissions vehicles, that will come to a total of 30 BEVs which the automaker will roll out by 2030 across passenger vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles.
Media briefing on Toyota and Lexus BEVs
The President and CEO Akio Toyoda has announced that from these upcoming products, Toyota will be aiming for a BEV sales target of 3.5 million units a year by 2030, which is up from the 2.0 million units BEV sales target that was announced in May earlier this year. Out of these, the Japanese automaker aims for Lexus to account for 1 million units, through a 100% BEV product line-up in North America, Europe and China. Akio Toyoda said:
“At present, the energy situation varies greatly from region to region. That is exactly why Toyota is committed to providing a diversified range of carbon-neutral options to meet whatever might be the needs and situations in every country and region. It is not us, but local markets and our customers who decide which options to choose.”
According to Akio Toyoda, to help enhance the charging infrastructure, his company plans to provide 2,900 EV chargers in Europe, 1,700 chargers in China and 5,000 chargers in Japan. Toyoda said that the area of charging equipment is where different parties in the EV ecosystem must cooperate.