Toyota: first images of next-gen Mirai fuel cell car
Toyota will present the Mirai Concept, a preview of the second model generation of the fuel cell sedan at the Toyko Motor Show. Pictures published in advance show the new edition planned for 2020 as easily agreeable. There will also be some changes in technology.
Toyota gives the CH-R two hybrid options
After the new Corolla, the C-HR is the second Toyota model to offer customers a choice of two hybrid options. The crossover SUV will also be available with a 132 kW 2.0 litre hybrid system. The hybrid drive with 1.8-litre petrol engine and 90 kW system output will keep being offered in the range.
Solid electrolyte batteries – the next big thing?!
Battery cells with a solid electrolyte promise high energy densities. Batteries in electric cars could thus become smaller and lighter – and the range could increase. Christoph M. Schwarzer spoke to experts to analyse the current situation for electrive. Whether and when all-solid-state batteries reach series production is an open question.
Toyota presents revised Prius for Europe
Toyota revised the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, which is now available at prices starting at £32,070. The changes include adjustments to the scope of equipment, the multimedia system, the colour palette and design elements in the interior.
Toyota & BYD to cooperate on EV production
Toyota is accelerating their pace in developing battery electric vehicles: After a battery cooperation with CATL was signed a few days ago, the Japanese carmaker is now announcing the details of a comprehensive deal with BYD.
Toyota and CATL enter a series of collaborations
Toyota has just announced the cornerstones of a comprehensive battery collaboration with Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL). This includes not only a “stable” supply of CATL batteries for Toyota but also the development of new battery technologies and more.
Holland’s first H2 taxi fleet hits the road
Noot Personenvervoer now operates the first hydrogen-powered taxi fleet in the Netherlands in The Hague. Fuel cell taxis will also be on the road in Wiesbaden, Germany in the future – but significantly less than in The Hague.
Toyota debuts fully electric Proace transporters
Toyota has presented its new commercial vehicle strategy called “Toyota Professional”. The Japanese company is to cooperate with PSA to launch fully battery-electric versions of the Proace and Proace City in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
Toyota speeds up battery-electric cars with CATL & BYD
Toyota has now announced that it will enter into a number of collaborations in China to accelerate the development of its electric cars by 5 years and to ensure the supply of key components such as batteries. The new partners include CATL and BYD, among others.
Toyota hands over 8 Mirai to the Olympic Committee
Toyota has handed over eight of its Mirai fuel cell models to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland. On 23 June, a new headquarters of the IOC will be inaugurated in Lausanne, which will be geared towards sustainability.
You can’t hide who you are
A Japanese Prius owner went to extra lengths to make their vehicle particularly unique. By placing a Lexus badge and additional tailpipes along with a spoiler, the vehicle does look “racier”, however doesn’t really fit the point of driving a hybrid in the first place.
GAC-Toyota to increase plug-in production
The Chinese joint venture between GAC and Toyota is planning to invest 11.3 billion yuan (around 1.5 billion euros) in expanding production capacities for plug-in vehicles. The plan is to expand the current capacity of 480,000 units per year by an additional 400,000 per year by 2022.
Toyota reveals an improved fuel cell truck
Together with U.S. American truck specialist Kenworth, Toyota has developed the next generation of its fuel cell truck created in the course of “Project Portal“. The model now travels more than 300 miles (482 kilometres) on one fill.
China: Toyota debuts BEVs & strikes Singulato deal
Toyota will present its first two electric cars at the Auto Shanghai with sales in China scheduled to begin in 2020. Moreover, the Japanese company is working on a deal with the Chinese EV startup Singulato Motors to deploy an old Toyota mini EV en masse and anew.
Toyota just released 24,000 hybrid patents
Toyota has released almost 24,000 patents stemming from over 20 years of hybrid technology development for public domain use. The main focus of the patents lies in core technologies such as electric motors, control units and system controls used in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.
It’s just Japan on the moon
Toyota is looking to put a fuel cell-powered rover on the moon. The development is part of a recent agreement between Toyota and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on a cooperation in international space research.
Hydrogen JV HysetCo launches in Paris region
Air Liquide, Idex, Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) and Toyota have launched a joint venture called HysetCo to develop hydrogen mobility in the Paris region. It will also serve Hype, the fleet of fuel cell taxis, launched in 2015 during the COP21 and operated in Paris.
Corolla rags on plug-ins
In a new TV advert for the Corolla hybrid, Toyota dished out some dirt against their plug-in competitors and called on customers not to “get left behind” and invest in their self-charging hybrid.
UK Government funds charge points for electric cabs
The British government has set aside a pot of more than six million pounds, to help set up more than 300 charging points for electric taxis in 17 local authorities. Additionally, the winners of a £14M hydrogen mobility competition were announced.
Toyota blames Tesla for defectors
Tesla’s Model 3 is apparently causing a bit of trouble for Toyota’s US American market: As Toyota’s North American boss Jim Lentz recently admitted, around nine percent of Toyota customers are unfaithful to the brand. About half of them are (former) Prius owners who migrate to Tesla.