Toyota’s production-ready battery-electric car revealed
Exciting things are happening the Toyota electric vehicle department, with a new, production-ready ultra-compact battery-electric vehicle (BEV) planned to be launched in late 2020.
According to development chief Akihiro Yanaka, the vehicle is a next-generation mobility solution designed to cover short distances while limiting impact on the environment. The BEV is less than 2.5 metres long and 1.3 metres wide, with two seats, and is aimed at customers who make regular, short-distance trips such as the elderly, newly licenced drivers or business people visiting local customers.
It has a range of approximately 100km on a single charge, reaches a maximum speed of 60km/h, and features an extremely tight turning radius. AS such, it is obviously designed for the city.
Toyota is also pairing its planned launch next year with a new business model that aims to promote the wider adoption of battery electric vehicles in general. This includes examining every step of the battery's life, from manufacture through sale, resale or re-use, and recycling to maximise its value.
In the near term, Toyota will focus on expanded leasing initiatives designed to recapture used batteries for evaluation and re-use as appropriate in pre-owned vehicles, as service parts, or even in non-automobile applications.
Toyota is also developing peripheral services for battery electric vehicles such as recharging stations and insurance.