Though Toyota was an early adopter of gas-electric hybrid cars, it has been lagging behind when it comes to development of battery operated cars. The company plans to address this issue over the next few years.
Toyota has rolled out its plan for electric vehicles between 2020 and 2030. Toyota’s future will be heavily focused on electrification, which is what every car maker has been focusing since last couple of years.
The company has announced that it will launch more than 10 batter operated vehicles across the globe by 2020. This will be initiated in China, and then launched in Japan, subsequently moving to Europe, US and India.
There is some ambiguity on the type of vehicles, whether they will be standalone models or BEV variants of existing models. However, we can assume that there will be some crossovers.
Furthermore, the company has promised to come up with electric versions of both Toyota and Lexus cars by 2025. By that time, every model available will either be a standalone version or an electric variant of a gas model.
Electrification is not just limited to battery operated electric vehicles. It can also encompass hybrid versions or hydrogen fuel cell. In fact, Toyota is not neglecting hydrogen fuel and will be expanding its hydrogen fuel powered cars by 2020 in commercial as well as passenger segment.
Batteries are the preferred source in the path to electrification of vehicles and Toyota is working on a solid-state battery that can revolutionize the concept. It is expected to cater to two key requirements of a battery: charging time and overall range.