Toyota has now joined the ranks of nearly every major automaker by disclosing its electrification plans. Like the rest, this means the company has released a broad overview of how it will go about electrifying its entire product lineup.
Similar to other automakers, Toyota is taking a two-prong approach to electrification. The first prong resting with a lineup of new, dedicated battery-electric models. Toyota says it will offer 10 of the zero-emission models across the Toyota and Lexus brands within the next 10 years. When the battery-electric models will start arriving has not been disclosed.
The second prong of this strategy is the electrification of the company’s core products within the Toyota and Lexus lineups. Toyota says it will use a combination of technologies to ultimately electrify every model by halfway through the next decade. The combination will include everything from more powerful versions of the Toyota Hybrid System II found in today’s Prius, to new fuel cell hybrids.
As has been the case with all electrification plans introduced by automaker, specifics remain unknown. Perhaps the biggest question with Toyota’s plan rests on when we will see its first battery-electric model. For a company that pioneered hybrid models with the original Prius, it has noticeably lagged behind when it comes to pure electric models.
A lag it is obviously trying to make up for in its electrification plan.