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Toyota forced into electric car u-turn in China

Toyota has long held out against producing an all-electric car, looking to hydrogen powered vehicles instead but policy changes in China mean it now has to produce an electric car.

POLICY CHANGES IN China mean that Toyota has to look to the production of an all-electric car, likely by 2020 because car makers will now be expected to sell an increasing number of electric or plug-in hybrid cars.

Next year eight per cent of cars a car maker sells in China will need to be electric or plug-in hybrid, growing to 10% in 2019 and 12% in 2020. According to reports out of China, that county’s policy makers see Toyota’s hybrid fleet as no more than petrol-powered vehicles.

While other car makers have been pushing headlong towards electric cars, Toyota has held out, thinking/hoping its hybrid vehicles would be a stop gap until hydrogen powered cars became the norm (until the infrastructure caught up).

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Indeed, in 2014, Toyota launched its hydrogen-powered Mirai (read our review by following the link).

At the recent Shanghai Motor Show, Toyota executives spoke about how the company would push sales of plug-in hybrid cars in China in the next couple of years and that an all-electric car would go on-sale in that country too, but no timeframe was set.

Question: Could China be the country that fast forwards the move to electric cars?


6 Comments

  1. Galaxy Being
    April 24, 2017 at 8:35 am — Reply

    China is mandating this to give their manufacturers a leg up. Maybe this will mean a new gen of range extender EVs from Toyota… Not a bad thing at all.

  2. Azmodan
    April 24, 2017 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    Any car that ugly needs to forced into a u-turn. Not sure what’s in the water in Toyota but it’s not good.

  3. Monty
    April 24, 2017 at 10:43 pm — Reply

    I guess it stands out from the crowd but in all the wrong ways!

  4. Alan
    April 28, 2017 at 5:18 pm — Reply

    It’s bound to have a big effect on all manufacturers who market/manufacture in China. It might also bring Australia up to speed with EVs and PHEVs rather than being behind most of the rest of the Western world.

  5. Rye an
    April 28, 2017 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    From what I’ve read on Green Car Reports, the latest article reinforces Toyota’s intention to plough on with fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure to support them whilst continuing to develop BEVs.
    They see a need for both.

  6. Guest
    May 2, 2017 at 9:23 pm — Reply

    Good for Australia as most of their Lithium they use is from Australia though makes you wonder why we aren’t doing something with it ourselves.

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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.