The two new sister Japanese carmakers have also shown off a large selection of the models that will make up its electric line-up, ranging from small city cars to battery-powered supercars and extreme 4x4s.
The models were unwrapped by Toyota’s president Akio Toyoda, who also announced that would be selling 3.5 million electric cars per year by the turn of the decade.
While the Japanese firm was one of the first to introduce hybrids, and now offers the majority of its European models with this powertrain, it’s been slower than most to offer EVs. The bZ4X, which will hit showrooms in 2022, is the first EV from Toyota, though sister firm Lexus already offers an electric version of its UX crossover.
Just some of the 15 models revealed in concept form include a stylish compact SUV, an affordable electric saloon and a small urban-SUV, which are expected to make up the majority of its sales. After this, the line-up gets far more interesting, with a pair of supercars revealed alongside full-sized off-roaders and even pick-ups. Some of the cars will be based on existing models, though many will be all-new.
Also on display is the new Lexus RZ, which will be the brand’s first standalone EV. Toyota’s premium marque is also aiming to be electric-only in Europe, North America and China by 2030.
Akio Toyoda said: “We will not only add battery EV options to existing vehicle models but will also offer a full line-up of reasonably priced mass-production models, such as the bZ series, to meet the needs of all kinds of customers.
“By doing so, we hope to deliver to customers around the world the unique and beautiful styling as well as fun-to-drive aspects of battery EVs, and the experience of a life with battery EVs.”