Toyota's Motorist CHOICE: Plug-in Hybrids with More Than 124 Miles of EV Range
Washington DC April 14, 2023; The AIADA online newsletter reported that Toyota recently replaced its leader Akio Toyoda because of his future vision of CHOICE of Power for Toyota buyers. At the same time the Toyota Board reorganized its product roadmap to place new emphasis on battery-electric vehicles (BEV), at present Toyota and Lexus offer three BEVs, the bZ4X, China-market bZ3X, and Lexus RZ 450e.
New CEO Koji Sato used his first public briefing in the job to let industry watchers know, "In the next few years we will expand our lineup in the important battery electric category," putting at least 10 BEVs on the market by 2026 and targeting 1.5 million global sales of such vehicles by then.
But Hybrids, a Toyota forte, in the new Toyota lineup won't be forgotten, but get much better if plans come to fruition, reports Autoblog.
Executive Vice President Hiroki Nakajima said the company is working on a new generation of plug-in hybrids that will go at least 124 miles on a charge. The EVP didn't identify a testing protocol for that range, whether WLTP or EPA.
If Toyota could get close to that in our market, it would be a remarkable range for something that isn't a dedicated EV.
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