Toyota has been the world’s largest automobile company by vehicle sales for the past three years. The company, which managed to sell 10.5 million cars last year, wants to continue this claim in the coming years. The Japanese manufacturer has to renew itself today, where electric cars are increasing day by day.
Toyota to double the range of electric cars
Toyota almost pioneered hybrid cars by introducing the Prius model about 20 years ago. The brand, which leads the industry in hybrid cars, has not been able to show the same determination in the transition to fully electric vehicles until now. However, the Japanese manufacturer is changing its perspective on electric cars.
Change started at the top in the Japanese automaker. Akio Toyoda, who is the grandson of Kiichiro Toyoda, the founder of the company, and who is the CEO of Toyota, recently announced that he will leave his job in order to ‘continue the change’. With Koji Sato, who replaced Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s transition to electric cars began.
After Koji Sato took over the job on April 1, Toyota’s electric car work accelerated. Toyota announced at a press conference that they will launch 10 new electric cars by 2026.
Hiroki Nakajima, the company’s chief technology officer, added that Toyota aims to produce 1.5 million electric cars per year by 2026, adding that the company will set up a special unit to focus on electric powered vehicles.
While Toyota is stepping on the gas for electric car production, it also signals a new platform. The manufacturer, who also wants to be assertive about electric cars, claimed that they will double the range with more efficient batteries. On the other hand, the Japanese brand has not given up on vehicles with hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell day units. The company announced that the development of these vehicles will continue.
Toyota’s electric lineup currently includes the bZ4X, developed in conjunction with Subaru. In the coming days, it seems that there will be a significant increase in the electric models of the Japanese automaker. So what do you think about the new electric Toyota models that will be introduced? You can share your views with us in the comments section.
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