Toyota wants 1,000 km range in their BEVs by 2026

At a technical workshop, Toyota gave details of its electrification strategy. Although the company continues to keep its technology open, it is aiming for ranges of up to 1,000 kilometres for BEVs from 2026 through improved batteries, before up to 1,500 kilometres should be possible shortly afterwards thanks to solid-state batteries.

Japanese manufacturers have previously been critical of an exclusively BEV approach, and Toyota is regarded as a great advocate of hybridisation and has so far been reluctant to embrace BEV technologies. This is illustrated, for example, by the latest report of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), which uses 2022 data to compare how effectively the world’s 20 largest car manufacturers are switching to electric vehicles. Toyota comes in an unglamorous 15th place in this ranking.

In the course of a technical workshop, Toyota now provided insights into its further electrification roadmap. The Japanese carmaker held this workshop just one day before its annual shareholders’ meeting, at which the strategy and management of the company are always put to the test. Rarely has Toyota been so talkative on the subject of how it plans to compete in the fast-growing electric car market. The basic strategy remains, as the company continues to emphasise that it will continue to pursue a multi-pronged approach to drive systems in the future, including the use of fuel cells.

It is also clear, however, that Toyota wants to catch up in the BEV sector by making technological leaps in battery technology. Against this backdrop, the carmaker is aiming to debut a new model range from 2026 that will offer a number of improvements. For the development of these battery cars, Toyota established a new organisation called “BEV Factory” in May. This is to produce around 1.7 million of the 3.5 million BEVs planned by Toyota by 2030. Among other things, Toyota is relying on aluminium die-cast components (“giga casting”), smaller electric axles, silicon carbide semiconductors and above all: better batteries.

With these next-generation lithium-ion batteries, Toyota aims to achieve ranges of up to 1,000 kilometres for its new BEVs from 2026. Battery variants with NMC and LFP chemistry are planned. Of course, the 1,000 kilometres mentioned only apply to batteries with NMC-based performance cells (and in combination with advances in “vehicle efficiency, aerodynamics and weight reduction”). The LFP battery is supposed to be “good and cheap”.

For the period 2027 to 2028, Toyota is already aiming for the commercialisation of solid-state batteries, with which the carmaker considers ranges of initially 1,200 kilometres and at the peak of up to 1,500 kilometres to be possible. However, Toyota does not provide any test cycle data for either range. It thus remains open whether the WLTP cycle is meant.

The manufacturer also fails to provide further details, such as the expected investment costs for this BEV offensive, the future manufacturing location of the new model range from 2026 and the solid-state batteries. “What we want to achieve is to change the future with BEVs,” Takero Kato, president of Toyota’s new EV unit BEV Factory, expressed in a video posted on the automaker’s YouTube channel on Tuesday. “We will launch the next generation of battery-powered electric cars globally and as a complete product line-up from 2026,” Kato said.

Incidentally, in April, Toyota sold 8,584 electric vehicles worldwide, including Lexus-branded vehicles. This made April the first month ever in which BEVs accounted for more than one per cent of Toyota’s sales.

With reporting by Cora Werwitzke, France. (PDF, BEV details)


about „Toyota wants 1,000 km range in their BEVs by 2026“
13.06.2023 um 17:54
Toyota’s current BEV is already 20% overpriced for the specs. What price points will they be targeting with these high cost batteries, even if they are able to bring them to market this quickly?Toyota is late to the party yet again. The industry is shifting from needing extremely long ranges to convince buyers, to needing lower prices to be competitive for all the buyers that are ready to switch.Ford’s CEO said precisely this when he was discussing their strategy with Elon Musk during their talk about joining Tesla’s Supercharger network and going to NACS plugs for the North American market. The future is in making more efficient vehicles with more modest ranges and having a very robust charging network. Europe has already started the shift to this model and North America is looking to catch up quickly.Toyota has once again shown they are well behind the trend. Now it’s not just their sales in China and Europe that are at stake, but their largest market, North America. If they think Toyota’s for the price of BMW & Mercedes are what’s going to save them in North America they are heading for bankruptcy and a bailout from the Japanese government to be able to survive as a much smaller company.
14.06.2023 um 09:45
With a 900 mile range, EVs suddenly leapfrog fossil fuels. The charging structure could easily cope and even high mileage drivers wouldn't worry. Toyota, after being seemingly left behind, might surge back.
15.06.2023 um 13:45
I am driving myself since years BEV cars and even BEV Motorbicycle. Out of user experience I can tell that fast charging is more important than long range. As said before having a battery for 1000km range will make the car expensive. Surprisingly now one talking about the charging speed which is for use driving longer distance more essential. Tesla is hear again leading with affordable charging infrastructur and good charging performance.

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