Toyota’s electric future includes 1m EVs by 2030

Published: 18 December 2017

► Toyota spells out electric plans
► 5.5m PHEV hybrids by 2030
► That’ll include 1m full EVs too

Toyota has arguably done more to pioneer hybrid petrol-electric cars than any other brand; its Prius has, after all, set the template for the rest of the industry to follow in mainstream hybrids. Now it’s spelling out the next phase of its mission to electrify car sales around the world.

Its new strategy announced today reveals plans to roll out more electric and electrified cars in the next decade from 2020 to 2030.

It’s building on a strong base: it has already sold more than 11 million electrified cars globally, starting with the first-generation Prius back in 1997.

Toyota’s electrification strategy: what to expect next

The Japanese car making giant is planning to reduce its CO2 emissions next decade by 90% from 2010. Here’s how they’ll do it:

  • By 2025 every Toyota and Lexus will have a hybrid or electric option
  • Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, full electric and fuel-cell tech expands
  • ‘More than 10’ full BEV (battery electric vehicles) by early 2020s
  • BEVs to debut in China first, followed by Japan, India, US and Europe

Toyota Prius PHEV: setting the template for a plugged-in future

By around 2030, Toyota is gunning for more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles a year, including more than 1 million zero-emission vehicles. 

New battery tech

Toyota is developing the next generation of solid-state batteries to drive this electric car expansion and says it should have the tech ready ‘by the early 2020s.’ 

It’s also teaming up with Japanese tech giant Panasonic on a feasibility study to build a prismatic battery business together.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet