Toyota could only offer ZEVs in Western Europe from 2035

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The Japanese are apparently already preparing for the EU's planned ban on combustion engines

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The EU Commission is aiming to phase out combustion engines in 2035. The plan has not yet been ratified by the EU member states, but the car companies are starting to adjust to this eventuality.

Kia recently announced that it would go all-electric by 2035, and now Toyota Motor Europe (TME) is announcing similar plans at its "Kenshiki" event this Thursday.

Toyota is ready to reduce CO2 emissions to zero for new cars sold in Western Europe from 2035, according to the group. Since such announcements often depend on the exact wording, here is the corresponding English wording again:

"Moving beyond 2030, we expect to see further ZEV demand acceleration and Toyota will be ready to achieve 100% CO2 reduction in all new vehicles by 2035 in Western Europe, assuming that sufficient electric charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructures are in place by then, together with the renewable energy capacity increases that will be required. " (Toyota Europe boss Matt Harrison)

As with many such announcements, the group is still leaving one back door open, in this case there are even two: First, readiness does not mean that they will no longer offer combustion engines from 2035, but only that they will be for already, if so the circumstances require it – especially the demand and the legal situation. Second, Toyota requires a correspondingly good charging infrastructure and a hydrogen supply.

In order to achieve climate neutrality, Toyota wants to bring new zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) onto the market. The next model will be the Toyota bZ4X, and the premium offshoot Lexus is also announcing an LZ with electric drive on. According to Toyota forecasts, the proportion of ZEV vehicles in Western Europe should be at least 50 percent by 2030. Thereafter, the group expects a further acceleration in demand, and in 2035 combustion engines could no longer play a role in Western Europe, according to TME boss Harrison.

When it comes to reducing CO2 emissions, however, battery-electric vehicles are still just one of many factors in Toyota's imagination. In addition, hybrids and plug-in hybrids as well as fuel cells should play a role.

"Whilst Toyota is committed to making millions of Battery Electric Vehicles available to customers, the way to reduce the most net carbon emissions globally is to use every item in our toolbox, including Hybrid Electric, Plug-in Hybrid Electric, Battery Electric and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, with the proportions of each optimized to make best use of the infrastructure constraints and customer circumstances of every region, and the limited supply and improving performance of batteries. (Toyota Head of Development Gill Pratt)

Lithium-ion batteries are expected to increase the demand for battery-electric vehicles from 2025 through higher energy densities and lower costs, according to the group's expectations. Solid-state batteries would likely be introduced first in hybrid vehicles.

Gallery: Toyota bZ4X (2022)

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Toyota presented the bZ4X, which celebrated its European premiere, on new vehicles. New pictures were shown (see picture gallery above), but there was nothing fundamentally new about the electric SUV. The aforementioned Lexus RZ was also teased.

With the ROV Concept, Toyota showed a side-by-side vehicle with a hydrogen combustion engine. A hydrogen version of the GR Yaris has the same drive type. Toyota also announced a new generation of its fuel cell modules on.

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