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Toyota premieres battery EVs ahead of 2020 China launch

Toyota will launch the C-HR and IZOA in China in 2020

Toyota has premiered its C-HR and IZOA battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as part of its activities on the opening day of Auto Shanghai 2019. The C-HR and IZOA will be the first BEVs to launch in China under the Toyota brand. Sales on the new models are slated to start from 2020.

Additionally, Toyota’s other booth exhibits at the show include a variety of electrified vehicles, such as the debut of hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) variants for the RAV4 and the Alphard/Vellfire in China, as well as the Corolla and Levin plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) series that were launched in March 2019.

Toyota also showed the RHOMBUS, a BEV concept car developed by TMEC, Toyota’s base for R&D in China. The RHOMBUS aims to suit the values and lifestyles of drivers born after 1990.

Commenting on fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), Toyota executive vice-president Moritaka Yoshida stated: “Since 2017, Toyota has been conducting demonstration tests with the Mirai in China. We are considering the local introduction of other fuel cell vehicles such as the FC Coaster.”

Beginning with the China debut of the electrified C-HR and IZOA vehicle models, Toyota plans to roll out more than 10 BEV models globally during the first half of the 2020s, and is moving steadily forward to popularise EVs, setting a sales target of more than 5.5 million EVs globally by 2030.

As of the end of February 2019, Toyota has sold nearly 13 million EVs worldwide since the initial launch of Prius, a hybrid EV, in 1997. The volume of vehicles represents a reduction in global CO2 emissions of more than 103 million tonnes.

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