Many major automakers continue to look at the popularization of electric cars as the mass-market way forward. General Motors already announced its wide-range strategy, but now Toyota has declared its plans.
The Japanese automaker announced on Monday that it aims to sell 1 million zero-emission vehicles per year by 2030 and broke down its electrification goals. The electrified range of vehicles will include hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric and fuel-cell electric vehicles. In total, Toyota hopes this strategy will make for 5.5 million electrified car sales by 2030. The automaker did not provide additional detail on vehicle types or new product forthcoming, but it did say more than 10 new electric cars are in the pipeline.
GM announced it will roll out 20 new all-electric cars by 2023, one of the more expansive plans to date. Volkswagen may be one of the only brands taking an even more aggressive approach. GM will reveal two all-new electric vehicles in the next 18 months as well.
What Toyota did mention, and GM did not, are next-generation solid-state batteries. The batteries promise incredibly long ranges compared to today’s lithium-ion units and fast-charging is quoted around the five to ten-minute mark for nearly a full charge. We’re sure GM will explore solid-state batteries itself, too, but GM hasn’t made anything official yet.