Toyota plans ten all-electric vehicles worldwide by early 2020s

The entire Toyota and Lexus model line-up is to be offered with electrification in some way by 'around 2025'

Toyota Prius - plugged-in

Toyota has announced that it plans to offer ten new all-electric vehicles globally by the early 2020s, in a strategy that will see every model in the Toyota and Lexus line-up electrified in some way around halfway through the next decade.

It’ll be a two-pronged assault, with new, dedicated all-electric, hybrid and fuel cell models set to appear alongside core Toyota and Lexus line-ups with pure electric or ultra-low emission powertrains offered on every model. With this plan in action, Toyota hopes to sell more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles worldwide by around 2030, with sales of zero-emission vehicles totalling over one million. 

Best electric cars on sale 2017/18

Toyota’s plan to introduce ten brand new all-electric vehicles in less than ten years is a transformative move for the brand. Despite long-standing championing of hybrid technology with cars like the Prius, an all-electric car has never been part of the firm’s line-up. 

Toyota plans to introduce electric cars in China first, before gradually phasing the ten EV models in to the Japanese, Indian, American and European markets. Worldwide availability is expected early in the next decade, while the firm’s fuel-cell electric vehicle line-up will be expanded in the 2020s too, with new passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

An expanded hybrid and plug-in hybrid line-up is also in the works, with new cars based on the Toyota Hybrid System II technology featured in the current generation Prius. Toyota says it intends to develop a more powerful version of this system for some cars, but simpler hybrid systems are planned for cheaper models alongside additional plug-in hybrid cars in the mid 2020s.

Key to Toyota’s electrification push will be the commercialisation of new solid-state battery technology. The firm believes that this technology will lead to smaller, more energy dense and cost effective battery packs compared to the lithium-ion cells currently used by almost all carmakers. 

Will solid-state battery technology be the next big step for electric cars? Tell us in the comments below. 

Recommended

Toyota gives industry a lift with free THUMS crash test software
Toyota

Toyota gives industry a lift with free THUMS crash test software

Japanese manufacturer wants any company to be able to benefit from its human crash modelling software in the interests of safety
16 Jun 2020
Toyota teases new ‘BZ’ electric SUV ahead of 19 April reveal
Toyota BZ
Toyota

Toyota teases new ‘BZ’ electric SUV ahead of 19 April reveal

Toyota promises to go ‘Beyond Zero’ next week with reveal of VW ID.4 rival at Shanghai Motor Show
6 Apr 2021
Toyota GR Super Sport hypercar previewed by GR010 Hybrid racer reveal
Toyota GR010 Hybrid hypercar
Toyota

Toyota GR Super Sport hypercar previewed by GR010 Hybrid racer reveal

Toyota has finally pulled the wraps off its new Le Mans racer – and the brand has confirmed that the road-going version is on the horizon
15 Jan 2021
New Subaru electric SUV confirmed for European launch
Subaru EV concept
Subaru

New Subaru electric SUV confirmed for European launch

Subaru has confirmed it will soon launch a twin for the Toyota BZ, and the firm has promised the new model will be sold in Europe
14 Dec 2020

Most Popular

'Nissan has been quietly building an advantage over electric car rivals'
Opinion Nissan EV
Nissan

'Nissan has been quietly building an advantage over electric car rivals'

Steve Fowler thinks Nissan is in a great position to build on the Leaf's success
8 Apr 2021
New Citroen C5 X flagship crossover set to offer ‘ultimate comfort’
Citroen C5 X - front
Citroen C5

New Citroen C5 X flagship crossover set to offer ‘ultimate comfort’

The new flagship Citroen C5 X will arrive with petrol and plug-in hybrid power, and looks set to cost from around £27,000 when it arrives in the UK in…
12 Apr 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTD vs BMW 120d
VW Golf GTD vs BMW 120d - main
Volkswagen Golf GTD Hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTD vs BMW 120d

Can the Volkswagen Golf GTD or BMW 120d prove diesel isn't dead?
10 Apr 2021