EV plans from Toyota

and Lexus

Toyota and Lexus EV concepts

LEXUS is to become an electric-only brand by 2030 as the Japanese luxury car maker and its parent company Toyota set out its plans for the future.

A series of concept models was revealed by Akio Toyoda, president of the Toyota Corporation, as the auto giant announced proposals for a 100 per cent CO2 reduction in Western European new vehicle sales by 2035.

Some 30 battery electric cars will be offered by the two brands by the next decade as Toyota expands its bZ EV line up and Lexus introduces a range of RZ zero emission models as the group targets 3.5 million EV sales globally by 2030.

Toyoda unveiled more bZ models from Toyota - a small crossover and a large SUV as well as a compact saloon - as part of a £13.3billion investment.

Those will follow the medium-sized bZ4X SUV due to arrive next year alongside its sister model from Subaru, the Solterra.

Toyoda also revealed the Lexus RZ concept sports car - which looks to be based on the LFA supercar - which he said would have a low two second 0 to 62mph acceleration time and a range of around 430 miles.

"We will expand the options for carbon-neutral vehicles by offering a full line-up of battery EVs," said Toyotda. "Specifically, we plan to roll out 30 battery EV models by 2030, globally offering a full line-up of battery EVs in the passenger and commercial segments."

He added: "We will not only add battery EV options to existing vehicle models but will also offer a full line-up of reasonably priced mass-production models, such as thebZseries, to meet the needs of all kinds of customers."

On the Lexus front Toyoda said: "Webelieve that the battery EV will become the future symbol of Lexus as a model that most clearly expresses the evolution of the automobile brought about by electrification."


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