- Plug-in hybrid versions of the Corolla and the Levin and battery electric versions based on the C-HR SUV planned
- Electrified Corolla and Levin to come with a BEV driving range of at least 50kms
- Toyota is even working with its Chinese partners to build a local production base for key components.
Toyota has just announced that it plans to launch plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) versions of its Corolla and Levin models in 2019 and a battery electric vehicle based on its C-HR/IZOA compact SUV in 2020. Including these, Toyota plans to introduce 10 new electrified vehicles in China by the end of 2020.
The PHEV versions of the Corolla and Levin were unveiled during the opening day of the Beijing Motor Show. Both models are expected to have a BEV driving range of 50 kilometers or greater, and in 2019, Toyota will begin producing them in China, marking the brand’s first overseas production of PHEVs.
With an aim to achieve locally based vehicle electrification, Toyota has been working with its Chinese partners to build a local production base for key components. To accelerate its vehicle electrification in China, the brand is also strengthening its local R&D and production bases. In 2020, it plans to open a new battery testing facility at its R&D center in China, for evaluating battery packs for electrified vehicles.
In 2017, including sales of the Corolla Hybrid and Levin Hybrid installed with locally produced hybrid units, Toyota sold approximately 140,000 electrified vehicles in China. That brought its cumulative total of electrified vehicles sold in the country to approximately 350,000 units. With this, Toyota plans to continue enhancing its electrified-vehicle line-up.