The Japanese company Mammoth believes it would be a mistake to put everything on one page, and only and exclusively for electric cars, when it comes to driving in the near future.

a Toyota Not only yesterday, but in 1997 it presented its first hybrid model, which has continued since then for several generations. Priust. The Japanese company has since sold about 20 million partially electric cars, but its first true electric model, is The bZX4 has just been unveiled.

At the Kenshiki Forum in Brussels, company executives spoke that at least six bZ series (after zero), Toyotas will reach 100 percent electric in the near future, and confirmed that they are listed as a premium sister brand. Lexus It has been available for some time in an electric car, the UX 300e.

The first electric Lexus car


Based on this, we can rightly believe that, even if it is too late, Toyota will join the ranks of manufacturers who already envision the future of driving as 100% electric. However, this is far from the case, as Toyota says that the internal combustion engines and various hybrid powertrains based on them will be with us for a long time to come.

According to the Japanese company, it is not necessary to force electric cars around the world, but to look at areas where driving can be made greener in a livable form.

In developed countries, such as Western Europe and especially Scandinavia, electric vehicles can quickly gain ground, but a more viable option may be to make internal combustion vehicles more environmentally friendly in more modest or undeveloped parts of the world.

To this end, Toyota continues to develop hybrids with steam power, as evidenced by recent We also thoroughly tested our first RAV4 plug-in hybridIt was revealed recently and now Fifth-generation Corolla Cross with hybrid power. In the latter, the battery is lighter and smaller than ever, which promises a more modest consumption, as well as increased performance.

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The manufacturer is constantly developing NiMH and Li-Ion batteries. The bZX4-B The vehicle’s 71.4 kWh battery promises a range of 450 kilometers and a 30-minute charge time of 0-80 percent, which isn’t bad, but Toyota understands that it’s not necessarily sympathetic to everyone.

Toyota’s first true electric car


This is why money and time without regrets can be considered the holy grail of electric cars solid state batteries Development. So much so that the first road testing of prototypes with a new-generation battery began recently in Japan, but along with Toyota, Daimler and Stellantis, among others, they have a serious imagination in this technology.

Solids provide twice or even three times the energy density of their currently widely used analogues and have the significant advantage of not requiring cooling/heating. With them, electric cars could be much lighter with the same range, or they could be multiples of the current range with the same weight. Not to mention the ultra-fast charging time of a few minutes.

When it is difficult to give an exact answer, some expect to appear in a few years, while others expect to debut around 2030. However, fuel cell cars that can be filled with hydrogen in minutes have been with us for years, although pepper products And the initial mobilization network severely limits its growth. It was Toyota The second generation of Mirite However, there is currently only one semi-official sample from a hydrogen well in Hungary.

Company executives are confident that the goal of refueling at least every 150 kilometers in Europe can be achieved in the near future, and boosting production can significantly reduce the cost of hydrogen cars. Toyota will start producing fuel cells in Europe, and at the Kenshiki event they also demonstrated how modular the new fuel cells are and how small they are compared to their predecessors.

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In the image below, the left and center cells represent the second generation of technology, and several cubic and rectangular units can be installed side by side in the car (truck, train, etc.) if necessary. On the right is a previous generation cell.

Fuel cell vehicles produce electricity and water from hydrogen stored at a pressure of 700 bar by a type of reverse hydrolysis, and the electricity is powered by electric motors that drive the wheels. In this way, there is no need for a large and heavy battery of up to 100 kWh, it is enough to use only a buffer of 1-2 kWh.

However, Toyota is not the only way to see imagination in hydrogen, as evidenced by Kenshikin made his debut in the GR Yaris special, And Lexus ROV. A common feature of these engines is the internal combustion engine, which, however, does not run on gasoline but on hydrogen, thus providing a near-zero emission engine.

His voice is sporty, and his emitter is close to zero


Abstract, in a world that is currently uncertain in many respects a Toyota It is trying to stand on more than one foot and launching a multi-front attack that ranges from regular, outdoor-portable hybrid cars to regular, solid-state battery electric vehicles to hydrogen that can be used in a variety of ways.

While other manufacturers may have serious trouble if the all-electric future doesn’t come along, Toyota has been given several escape routes.

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