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Toyota reveals Electric SUV for their Beyond Zero range

In contrast to other manufacturers and firms, who have been expeditiously accelerating their development of electric vehicles in response to a proliferation in demand, particularly in the European market due to legislation aimed to promote their sale and the expansion of charging networks, Toyota have been far more tentative when it comes to electric vehicles and have instead resolved to make plug-in hybrid vehicles (such as the Prius and the RAV4 hybrid) central to their electrification strategy in the near-future. Even so, Toyota has been unable to refute the inevitable rise of electric vehicles to international dominance of the motor industry, which the climate goals of world governments, the rapidly increasing scale and availability of electric vehicles, technological advancements in efficiency, and investment in infrastructure are all conducive to.

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By 2025 Toyota have forecasted the below sales figures in each drivetrain market, this will include launching a total of 60 new models and improved existing models based:

• Total of 5.5 million vehicles with some degree of electrification (includes Hybrid and Electric)
• Target Maximum of 80 g/km of carbon dioxide.
• 70% of their sales will be hybrid
• 20% will consist of plug-in and their new range of zero-emission vehicles
• 10% will be traditional combustion engine vehiclesMay
• 10% will be Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV's) 

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Although their primary focus has been appealing to the hybrid market, which represents a more affordable middle ground between combustion engine and pure-electric vehicles, Toyota has been teasing a dedicated range of battery electric vehicles, releasing two images, with one confirming the Beyond Zero branding that the company have recently registered a trademark for, and the other showing the front end of the founding member of this range, which will be an electric SUV and will be revealed at eh Shanghai Motor Show on the 19th of April 2021, most likely being designed to rival other electric SUVs such as the ID.4 and e-niro

This SUV will be based on the e-TNGA platform that has been developed in cooperation with Subaru and whose architecture will be able to support a variety of powertrains, wheelbases, and battery capacities, as well as front, rear, and four wheel drive configurations due to its flexible nature and lack of a hydrocarbon combustion engine. As a result, several variants of this vehicle can be expected. Toyota currently intends to use this platform on five other models in its Beyond Zero electric range including a compact SUV, a large SUV, an MPV, a crossover, and a saloon, which are popular in both Japanese and European markets. The new SUV to be unveiled in question will be assembled at Toyota’s zero emission factory in Japan and be of similar size and proportions to an RAV4, yet will be slightly more expensive due to the inherent higher cost of development of its electric powertrain. It has also been attuned towards the needs of European consumers and will target the European market, where compact vehicles that provide a spacious interior (an innate quality of electric vehicles) are extremely popular, and will also be part of Toyota’s growing SUV range. Andrea Carlucci, who is Toyota’s product development boss for Europe, states that it will be a “global model” and will offer “the best balance to put together the needs of all regions”.

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