Toyota electric model due in 2020 with 186-mile range

Toyota FT-EV

The FT-EV never made it to Britian, but Toyota’s future EVs could do in less than four years

Reports in Japanese newspaper Nikkei claim Toyota will launch long-range EVs from start of next decade

Toyota will produce a line-up of long-range electric vehicles from the start of the next decade, according to reports in Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

The paper claimed that the first model, due in 2020, would lead a line-up of EVs capable of travelling more than 186 miles on a single charge.

Without citing any sources, it said Toyota would create a new team in 2017 to develop its long-range EV line-up. It added that the models could be built upon existing vehicle architecture or alternatively use all-new underpinnings.

Toyota is yet to respond to Nikkei’s claims. It’s expected to release an official statement later today.

Toyota has previously said hydrogen fuel-cell-power is its primary choice for zero-emission models, and its Mirai was the first vehicle of this type to go on sale in Britain.

However, a lack of hydrogen infrastructure in several of the world’s global markets and expensive production costs mean sales numbers are small – just 15 Mirais arrived in Britain this year, priced from more than £65,000 each.

More conventional battery-powered EVs could therefore be a more attractive option for Toyota’s first mass-market EV cars.

Autocar sampled one of Toyota’s first production EVs, the FT-EV, back in 2011.

Source: Car

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