“From 2030, we expect a further acceleration of ZEV (zero emission vehicle) demand e Toyota will be ready to achieve 100% CO2 reduction in all new vehicles by 2035 in Western Europe, provided that sufficient infrastructure for electric charging and hydrogen refueling is available by that date, as well as increasing the renewable energy capacity that will be required “. He explained it Matt HarrisonPresident and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, under Kenshiki Forumheld in Brussels.
Minimize carbon dioxide emissions and achieve neutrality carbon dioxide as soon as possible: this is Toyota’s strictest goal, which wants to speed up the process electrification of its range and at the same time offers a varied selection of propulsion solutions with low environmental impact. The manufacturer has promised to launch an increasing number of battery-powered vehicles, the first of which is the suv bZ4X, recently presented. By 2030, the manufacturer expects a mix of 100% electric car sales of at least 50% in Western Europe.
Toyota, however, confirms that holistic approach to the theme decarbonizationalso consists of cars hybrid it is at hydrogen. The Japanese giant actually claims that diversification propulsion solutions are the best strategy to get cleaner mobility faster; especially due to the great diversity of markets worldwide and the uneven nature of energy sources in the different geographical areas.
“While Toyota is committed to making millions of electric battery vehicles available to customers, the way to minimize emissions net CO2 emissions globally is to use everyone solutions electrified, in the right relationship, ”he said Gill PrattToyota Chief Scientist: “Hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in electric hybrids, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric, to best meet infrastructure constraints and customer needs in each geographic area, to the limited supply of batteries and to improve their performance”.
The manufacturer will invest in research and development of batteries 11.5 billion euros. “Production of the first has started bipolar battery in nickel metal hydride (NiMh) in the world, which in addition to using fewer precious metals has a lower price and twice as much power density compared to a normal NiMh battery, “he explained. Gerald KillmannVice President of Toyota Motor Europe R&D: “By applying similar techniques to lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries, combined with additional efficiency in the vehicle’s energy consumption, Toyota expects to achieve a 50% reduction of the price of the battery per. vehicle, without compromising its range, making battery-electric vehicles more affordable and accessible “. While the batteries know”solid state“, Which promises to greatly reduce charging time and ensure greater power, will be introduced first in hybrid cars and then in electric.
Also room forhydrogen, which Toyota cites (in every sense) as a fundamental element of its CO2 reduction strategy, even in the not strictly automotive field. It is therefore Mirai, the brand’s hydrogen sedan, has been redesigned into more compact and lighter modules, based on a second-generation fuel cell system capable of ensuring greater power density. Production of the aforementioned modules will begin in January 2022, also in Europe, at the Toyota Motor Europe (TME) research and development facility, in Zaventem, Brussels. For the Japanese multinational, “the expansion of a European hydrogen economy will be a key element in achieving the Green Deal goal of eliminating global warming emissions by 2050”.
The Japanese manufacturer also unveiled the prototype of GR Yaris driven by hydrogen (which is burned instead of traditional gasoline). The concept car shares the same driveline as Corolla Sport experimental races in the Super Taikyu series, in Japan. The technology in hydrogen-powered thermal engines “offers almost zero emissions, while retaining the acoustic and sensory sensations typical of internal combustion engines,” the manufacturer claims. The development of this solution continues in Japanunder the extreme conditions of motorsport.