The small iQ told briefly with an electric version.
After the information appeared in the Nikkei newspaper that claimed Toyota would launch a new strategy of alternative mobility, with the development of a new range of electric vehicles, the japanese brand had not been pronounced in this regard. Up to now, not only has confirmed the news but that already gives us an insight of the first details of this new initiative.
Until the day of today, is officially the brand had focused on hybrid vehicles and fuel cell technology hydrogen, since it does not consider the vehicles to pure electric as a reasonable response to the combustion engines traditional.
Although in these last two decades has developed and manufactured numerous electric models, from the one based on the RAV4 first generation until the last i-Road. However, these were just mere anecdotes within the planning of the company, that he saw no future to this technology for long journeys.
Toyota RAV4 EV 2012, one of the first brand electrical.
The hydrogen, expensive and distant.
recent advances in the field of the batteries, and above all, the confirmation that the large groups, namely Daimler or VAG, will create their own sub-brands aimed at this type of models, seem to have been the impetus for Toyota to be reassessed a policy that has remained close to two decades. Although the brand has also admitted that the development of the technology based on hydrogen fuel cells is quite expensive, in addition to continue to have a horizon very far away.
The project will begin to take shape this year, in December 2016, according to the own Executive Director of the japanese brand. To do this, Toyota will create a new company, even without a name, which in principle will be formed by 4 persons and have all the resources available deToyota and in collaboration with Aisin Seiki and Denso, two companies belonging to the Toyota Group, specialized in transmissions and electronics.
The horizon raised this new project is from the year 2020. A date that is not casual, as it coincides perfectly with the time limits promised by Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen for their respective product lines pure electric.
The i-Road, an initiative that still has the status of a test.
The brand has also dropped what could be their first product of this range, stating that the next generation of the Toyota Aygo could be electrical.
Toyota has not been the only japanese brand that has confirmed the development of a new model electric Mazda from the Hall of Los Angeles, has confirmed that is already working on your own vehicle full-electric, and that will come in 2019.
Both companies are technology partners, and Mazda also is not the economic giant that is Toyota, so it would not be surprising for a future announcement of collaboration in this area, if it is not already there.