Toyota, the company that made hybrid cars popular with the Prius, surprisingly doesn’t offer a single electric car, but that will soon change with plans of introducing more than 10 fully-electric cars by the early 2020s.
Having previously focused its energies on regular, partially electrified hybrid vehicles and hydrogen-powered vehicles on the argument that that fully-electric cars weren’t ideal due to their slow charging times and limited driving range, Toyota can no longer deny the inevitable prominence of conventional electric vehicles, a segment made popular and dominated by Tesla. Its first electric car will be introduced China, followed by Japan, the United States and Canada, India, and Europe.
In addition to the new electric cars, the company will offer electrified versions of every other Toyota and Lexus model by 2025, with the hope of selling more than 5.5 million hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and hybrid fuel cell vehicles by 2030.
A Toyota press statement stated:
“Electrified vehicles, which are effective for economical consumption of fuel and promoting usage of alternative fuels, are indispensable in helping to solve current environmental issues. As a result, the number of models developed without an electrified version will be zero.”
Interestingly, Toyota still hasn’t backed down from its commitment to hydrogen and, in fact, plans to continue expanding its FCV lineup to include both commercial and passenger vehicles through the 2020s.
The bold electric car initiative nevertheless puts Toyota in front of the other Japanese automakers, including Nissan.
Porsche Builds Its Last Diesels To Focus On EVs
Less than a decade after it introduced its first diesel model, Porsche has stopped production of its last two diesel models as parent Volkswagen Group pviots towards electrification.
The German automaker cites a “cultural shift” among its customers as the prime reason for discontinuing the Macan S Diesel and Panamera 4S Diesel, but it’s not the only reason.
Apparently, the decision was also related to “another software update” and ongoing talks with authorities, which analysts view as evidence that Porsche no longer finds it worthwhile to invest in keeping its diesel fleet compliant with stricter emissions regulations.
The writing was on the wall — in 2017, the diesel-powered Panamera only accounted for 15 percent of all Panamera sales, while the gasoline versions accounted for 35 percent and the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid made up the remaining 50 percent.
The company is currently working on a Tesla-rivaling Mission E and will follow it up with a second all-electric model, likely an SUV similar to the Macan. It expects half of all its sales to come from electrified models by 2025.
Vacuum Maker Dyson Is Planning Three Electric Cars
Dyson is known for its high quality vacuums and other household appliances, but it will also be the maker of electric cars in the not-so-distant future.
Early in 2017, we reported that the company planned to introduce an electric car of all things by 2020, and now the is reporting that it may release up to three electric cars.
The first model is expected to arrive by 2021 instead of 2020 and will have its production limited to only a few thousand units as a way for Dyson to evaluate the EV market and its supplier base.
The second and third models will be sold in larger numbers and will use the company’s solid-state battery technology to deliver a longer driving range and faster recharging times than today’s lithium-ion units.
It’s still not clear what form Dyson’s first electric vehicle will take, but founder James Dyson previously stated that it won’t be a sports car or cheap:
“There’s no point in doing one that looks like everyone else’s. We’re not in that business … We’re trying to be radical.”
Dyson already has a growing team of more than 400 workers dedicated to the project and promises to invest $1.24 billion. Production could take place in the United Kingdom, China or Singapore.
Driver, Passenger Unharmed In Brutal Tesla Model 3 Crash
Say what you will about Elon Musk and Tesla, but there is no denying that his company makes some truly safe cars. Judging from one owner’s experience in a high-speed crash, the Tesla Model 3 in particular should have no issue acing any crash test.
Reddit user Model_3_Crash_Dummy shared a totalled Model 3 that had its passenger’s compartment almost entirely intact and its entire cabin nearly filled with deployed airbags. The driver and front passenger miraculously walked away with only minor injuries.
The circumstances surrounding the crash are still a bit murky, but the Model 3 reportedly slammed into a parked car at about 60 mph (96 km/h). The driver suffered an injured right ankle as a result of his foot jamming the accelerator pedal, while the passenger of the vehicle sustained a nasty cut from his / her arm striking and shattering the Model 3’s central screen.
The driver was very grateful for his blessings considering things could have been much worse, stating:
“My only complaint about this car is that during the crash my passenger’s arm hit the screen and shattered it which prevented me from opening the glove box w/ title and insurance. Needs a manual option. Also my passenger got a pretty big cut on her arm. Maybe add a screen airbag. All in all it is a phenomenal car and I owe my life to Tesla.”
In fact, so impressed by the Model 3’s crash protection that he placed an order for another one not long after the accident.