Battery bakkie Pick Up EV part of Bold 30 Model Toyota EV Plan
There was a bit of a bakkie surprise when Toyota Motor Company boss Akio Toyoda unleashed his significant and unexpected new battery electric vehicle philosophy for the company. It includes the launch of over 30 new Toyota and Lexus battery electric models as part of a multi-billion dollar program to sell over 3.5 million electric Toyotas a year by 2030. Best of all perhaps, was that the release included these images of a new Pick Up EV.
BATTERY ELECTRIC BAKKIE PART OF THE BIG PLAN
It was just one of seventeen new Toyota and Lexus EVs shown at the Tokyo reveal. “But it’s probably among the more significant. And while nothing else was said about it, one has to speculate if this is a hint of a new Hilux. And when, exactly it will fit into Akio san’s 30 year plan. The bakkie is one of many seemingly production-ready Toyota BEVs. They also included everything from a Cruiser, to sports cars, city cars, sedans and SUVs and other commercials.
“Achieving carbon neutrality means realizing a world in which all people can continue to live happily on this planet well into the future,” Toyoda explained standing by a trio of new BEV prototypes. “We want to help realize such a world. “For that challenge, we need to reduce CO2 emissions as much as possible, as soon as possible.” Toyoda did however drop a few hints through his presentation…
“We plan to roll out 30 battery EV models in a full lineup of passenger and commercial BEVs by 2030. “It will be a full lineup of reasonably priced mass-production models. “To meet the needs of all kinds of customers in a broad range of beautifully styled, fun to drive BEVs. “We can position batteries and electric motors to bring more freedom to battery EVs. “So each electric vehicle should be unique and special,” Toyoda pointed out.
A BATTERY HILUX WITH TOYORA OFF ROAD CRED?
“Whether that be to enhance Toyota’s off-road heritage. “Finding new ways to combine versatility with dynamic driving. “Or meeting the challenges of smaller mobility solutions. “There will be a Toyota EV for you, an EV for me and an EV for everyone.”
Toyota alsoaims to achieve global sales of 3.5 million battery EVs per year by 2030. Thats up on original projections of 2 million BEVs a year. The company plans to have battery EVs for 100 percent of our sales in Europe, North America, and China. And Battery EVs should make up 100 percent of Toyota’s global vehicle sales in 2035. So an electric bakkie has to be a prerequisite in that scenario.
Toyoda further explained that the present global energy situation also varies greatly from region to region. “That is why Toyota is committed to providing a diversified range of carbon-neutral options. “To meet the needs and situations in every country and region. “Our local markets and customers decide which options to choose.
PART OF A VERSATILE NEW TOYOTA BAKKIE FURURE
“One might think it’d be more efficient to focus on fewer model choices. “But we believe that quickly adapting to changes in the future is more important than trying to predict an uncertain future. “That is why we want to keep many options available for our customers until the right path is clear.
“Toyota aims to contribute to the global environment,” Akio Toyoda concluded. “We want to produce happiness for all. “And to pass on an ever-better future for the children of today and those who will come after them. “We want this brighter future to be something created by all of us together. “To be able to leave behind many smiling faces and a beautiful Earth for the next generation.”