Toyota goes Electric
Toyota recently unveiled plans to have every model in the Toyota and Lexus line-up around the world available as either a dedicated electrified model or have an electrified option by 2025. Toyota’s electrified vehicle strategy centres on a significant acceleration in the development and launch plans of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVS), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVS), Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVS), and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVS). “Toyota New Zealand welcomes the global commitment to making electric vehicles available across all models by 2025,” says Toyota New Zealand’s Chief Executive Officer Alistair Davis. “As the world shifts towards a low carbon future, the automotive and transportation industries have a critical role to play. “The high proportion of renewable electricity in New Zealand means that the conversion of the national fleet to electric and hybrid vehicles will make a big contribution to the country’s commitment to reducing CO2 emissions. “Toyota New Zealand has made a commitment to moving towards this sustainable future with the release of our new Prius PHV in the first quarter of 2018. This is particularly timely given the Government announcements today of the process to establish a Zero Carbon Act and a Climate Commission during 2018.” Toyota aims to reduce global average new-vehicle CO2 emissions by 90 percent from 2010 levels and says this announcement is the main pillar of a mid-to-long-term strategy to achieve this challenge.