Toyota Europe expects to supply zero-emission cars only in Western Europe by 2035. This year it depends on the charging infrastructure and hydrogen. The company expects that half of the cars sold will be zero-emissions by the end of this decade.
from see the manufacturer 2035 is not a strict deadline as zero-emissions cars will definitely not sell out after that time. Instead, Toyota is only expressing the expectation that the company will only be able to provide zero-emissions vehicles. According to the manufacturer, whether the company will actually sell zero-emissions cars by 2035 depends, among other things, on the infrastructure. For example, there should be enough charging options and hydrogen filling stations. In addition, there must be enough renewable energy to power all the cars needed, Toyota says
By 2030, at least half of Toyota’s new sales will consist of zero-emissions vehicles, the company expects. The manufacturer believes it will also be able to provide more zero-emissions cars around that time, if customer demand exceeds those 50 percent. To facilitate this, Toyota plans to offer more “affordable and practical” zero-emissions cars in the coming years. In addition, the manufacturer wants additional investment in the development of batteries.
For example, recently the commercial production of bipolar NiMh batteries from Toyota began. These batteries are mainly used in hybrid cars, less raw materials and cheaper than regular NiMh batteries while they can provide twice the energy. Toyota wants to apply “similar technologies” to lithium-ion batteries so that, along with more efficient cars, it can halve battery costs without doing so at the expense of scale. The manufacturer expects to be able to achieve this in the second half of this decade.
Toyota also discusses solid state batteries; It will probably be used in hybrid cars first. Only later did Toyota think it would be used for all-electric cars, without mentioning publicly. These solid state batteries should offer a greater range and shorter charging times.
What is interesting about the letter is that Toyota is not talking about electric cars, but rather uses the term zero-emissions. Toyota sells both battery-powered cars and hydrogen electric cars, but is also testing cars that have a combustion engine and use hydrogen.
This is how the company released earlier this week Toyota GR Yaris A modified combustion engine that uses hydrogen. This results in a “virtually zero emissions” combustion engine, while the car has the sound and “driving experience” of the combustion engine. It’s unclear why Toyota says the modified car will run “virtually zero emissions”; For example, the combustion engine may still need oil and so the car will not be completely emissions-free.
Toyota says to Otokar Look at the hydrogen combustion engine as an interesting concept, as it could enable cheap, virtually zero-emissions cars. After all, manufacturers only have to modify a regular car with an internal combustion engine, which means that in theory these cars can share many components, reducing costs. The manufacturer confirms that the converted GR Yaris is still a concept and that the hydrogen combustion engine is now being tested in motorsports. So it is not clear if the company actually wants to sell commercial vehicles with a hydrogen combustion engine.
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