Toyota electric models to hit roads by 2020
Toyota have unvailed plans to have more than ten different models of electric cars on the road by the year of 2020, in their ongoing quest to meet customer demand for green vehicles.
The Japanese automaker currently does not have any purely electric cars on the market, but do have a number of different hybrid models that are proving very popular with consumers.
Hybrids are increasingly popular because of the gas milage saved, but as well because they are much better for the environment due to their much lower immissions.
The most popular hybrid in the Toyota lineup, without any doubt is the Prius hybrid, which came on the market more than 20 years ago.
According to Executive Vice-President Shigeki Terashi, Toyota’s electric vehicles will be first marketed in the country of China before coming to the North American market.
“as a mass-market automaker we need to expand our offering of electric cars,” he said in a statement.
Toyota plans to go green
The plan is that by the year of 2025, every model of car that Toyota has in its lineup will have an electric counterpart.
Cars that are purely electric will run off a charged battery, and Toyota recently announced a new deal with battery maker Panasonic who will be developing batteries for their new electric lineup.
In today’s press release, Toyota specifies that “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. As a result, the number of models developed without an electrified version will be zero.”
Toyota expects that their electric vehicles will be a huge hit with consumers all over the world and estimates that by the year of 2030, global sales could reach 5.5m in electrified vehicles.
Currently no other automaker has as many hybrid cars on the market than Toyota, cars that use both electric and gas to power them.
The company have not stated which cars of their current lineup will be first available in a purely electric format.
They have also announced plans to increase the number of hybrid models that they offer consumers.
Toyota takes their environmentally friendly vehicles very seriously, being the first car manufacturer to develop a car that runs purely on liquid hydrogen, known as the Mirai.
Last year, the company sold more than 10 million vehicles.
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