Toyota has confirmed that it will bring two new battery-electric models to the United States in 2021, setting the Japanese automaker up to rival General Motors in the electric vehicle space in the near future.
In a statement released this week, Toyota said it would bring “three new electrified models,” to the U.S. later this year, consisting of two full battery-electric vehicles (BEV) and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). While Toyota offers a BEV model in China already in the way of the CH-R EV, these will be the first BEV models the automaker has ever sold in North America.
Toyota did not say what segment the new BEV models would fall under. It sounds as though they will be available with a variety of different powertrain setups, however, with Toyota North America’s vice president of sales, Bob Carter, saying the vehicles “will give customers multiple choices of powertrain that best suits their needs.”
Toyota is also working on a dedicated electric vehicle platform called e-TNGA, which will offer “flexibility for all drive configurations,” the automaker said. This would suggest the platform will be flexible and will support front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive setups. This would also make the e-TNGA platform comparable to GM’s latest flexible dedicated EV platform, which is referred to as BEV3.
The automaker has set a personal goal of having 40 percent of its new vehicle sales be electrified models by 2025. Its research indicated that figure could swell to as much as 70 percent by 2030, as well, suggesting Toyota is on a similar path to GM with regard to EV production and adoption.
GM, for its part, plans to introduce 30 new EVs globally by 2025. Additionally, 40 percent of its entire product portfolio will be EVs within the same timeframe. This transformation will be made possible by the automaker’s new Ultium battery technology and Ultium Drive family of electric motors, which will power the vast majority of its future EV offerings.