All Toyota news from October 2018 – September 2019

I used to write a weekly news round-up each week on the old site. I have since stopped doing this, but the below sums up all the Toyota-related news from October 2018 to September 2019:

  • Thursday 26th September: Autoblog: ‘Toyota Mirai (hydrogen fuel cell car) second generation will break cover in 2020’. (Original news from 2019)
  • Thursday 26th September: Autoblog: ‘Toyota to build hydrogen fuel cell cars with Chinese partners’. (Original news from 2019)
  • Monday 16th September: Autoblog also report that Toyota have switched to use Panasonic-supplied batteries in some of their Chinese PHEVs: very similar batteries to the ones used in a Tesla. Panasonic have a well established supply of EV batteries, so this move helps Toyota’s future supply stability. (Original news from 2019)
  • Thursday 12th September: Bloomberg have an interesting article that Toyota are planning solar panels on the roof of its Prius car to “self-charge” the hybrid’s battery, potentially allowing it to “run forever”. Whilst the “self charging hybrid” strapline has been false marketing (as the car does not genuinely self charge), this would be a (small) step towards that direction. (Original news from 2019)
  • Friday 16th August: Inside EVs report that the Tesla Model 3 was close to being the best selling car in California (i.e. including gasoline car sales) in the first half of the year, with 33,005 sales – just behind the Toyota Camry with 33,638 sales and 39,018 Honda Civic sales. This is a major change compared to car sales data from 2+ years ago wherein EVs did not really have a look-in. Fully electric cars sales were the fastest growing segment in these sales figures. (Original news from 2019)
  • Monday 22nd July: Toyota have partnered with Shell and NYSERDA to to sponsor innovations in the infrastructure and supply chain of hydrogen technology, as (Original news from 2019)
  • Saturday 20th July: Autoblog look at reports between a Toyota (of Japan) and BYD (of China) cooperation which will involve them developing batteries for electric cars together, along with sedans and SUVs by 2025. This will mean that Toyota will have to secure battery supply with Panasonic before they can deliver the expected EV numbers. (Original news from 2019)
  • Thursday 4th July: BMW have confirmed that they will have “hydrogen cars” (implying multiple?) available in the early 2020s – possibly just a couple of years away, according to . A BMW X5 version (produced in collaboration with Toyota) will be released in small numbers in a couple of years, before buying mass produced by 2025. (Original news from 2019)
  • Thursday 4th July: EV Specifications report on a bit of ‘future tech’ news: Toyota, Sharp and NEDO have developed high performance solar batteries which they have recently started road testing. Toyota will currently use this to help charge up the smaller battery in their Prius PHEV. (Original news from 2019)
  • Tuesday 11th June: In hydrogen news, Toyota have cut the price of their FCEV Mirai car according to Green Car Reports. Hydrogen cars aren’t cheap, although a new $15,000 dealer discount could lead to up to $27,500 off the list price of $59,345+ when taking into account other discounts and the California Clean Vehicle Rebate. Some sources think the Mirai could be bought for up to $40,000 off in some cases – which would be a very good deal if true. (Original news from 2019)
  • Wednesday 12th June: In bad news for hydrogen supply, report Autoblog. Nel Hydrogen (a hydrogen plant in Norway) have reported an explosion which led to 10 of their other sites being temporarily shut down (but have since been reopened). Toyota and Hyundai have stopped shipping their Mira and Nexo (hydrogen powered cars) to Norway, due to the fact that hydrogen fuel supply will be massively impaired. (Original news from 2019)
  • Thursday 6th June: Autoblog report that Toyota and Subaru are working together on a RAV4-style electric crossover, which each company will then market and sell separately. (Original news from 2019)
  • Friday 7th June: Autoblog are reporting that even though Toyota have traditionally seemed all-electric shy (instead favouring hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell cars), it looks like they have several all-electric cars in the pipeline – underpinned by a full battery lifecycle, from development and production through to recycling. (Original news from 2019)
  • Friday 24th May: The Globe And Mail report that 52% of Canadians are considering buying an electric car in the next five years, according to a Toyota survey. This does include ‘electrified’ cars, however, meaning hybrids would be include in this measure. Still, it’s a positive insight into car consumer’s views on green cars. (Original news from 2019)
  • Monday 13th May: Autoblog mention that Bosch – a fairly new hydrogen fuel cell producer – are joining Toyota and Hyundai in trying to reduce platinum use in future fuel cells. They aim to reduce this by up to 90%, which will reduce the price of production. (Original news from 2019)
  • Wednesday 3rd April: Toyota are continuing to push hybrids (not EVs) by sharing out previously-secret information from their hybrid patents, according to Green Car Reports(Original news from 2019)
  • Friday 15th February: Toyota has come under fire for their new Corolla Hybrid 2019 advert, which you can view below, which seems to be a decade or two out of date! The advert shows the Corolla Hybrid passing all sorts of cars and vehicles, including an electric car which is charging on the side of the road. Toyota’s insistence to not enter the EV market, and instead actively criticize EVs (in favor of their own gasoline-powered hybrids) has seen them get slated online, with this video having 2,200 dislikes and just 445 likes. We have previously mentioned that Original news from 2019)
  • Friday 1st February: Japanese car manufacturer Toyota have reported a 6.6% fall in American car sales in January 2019. This is driven by poor demand for their Prius hybrid car, with Prius sales falling a massive 57%. This does not surprise us too much considering that sales data from most countries show a shift away from hybrids, and towards all-electric cars. The fact that Toyota still do not have an all-electric Prius is bound to weigh on their sales, considering the shift throughout 2018 away from hybrids. (Original news from 2019)
  • Tuesday 22nd January: Toyota and Panasonic have announced a joint partnership to research and produce lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles in two Asian Panasonic factories (one in Japan, one in China) with 3,500 employees from both companies being committed to work on this project. Nothing will proceed on this agreement until it passes antitrust inspections, however the idea is that Toyota will own 51% of the new factories with Panasonic owning 49%. This is a similar arrangement to the American gigafactory which is co-owned by Tesla and Panasonic and which also produces Li-ion batteries. Toyota had previously concerned some green car industry watchers with their general reluctance to build anything other than hybrids, but this announcement should mean that Toyota are finally looking at producing batteries for a fully electric car. This deal with also involve research being done on solid-state batteries which use a solid (not liquid) electrolyte and are expected to increase range whilst reducing EV battery pack costs. (Original news from 2019)
  • Monday 7th January: American green car sales have come out, and December 2018 seen 50,000 plug-in (PHEV + BEV) cars registered, meaning 2018 seen 350,000 overall plug-in electric sales – up 75% from 200,000 in 2017! Half of all December sales were due to the Tesla Model 3, which hit close to 25,000 units. All-in-all, Telsa had a 53% green car market share, with Chevrolet in second place with 10% and Toyota and BMW third and fourth place with 8% and 7% respectively. In other words, 2018 seen a large increase in plug-in electric sales, and Tesla were the main beneficiary of this. (Original news from 2019)
  • Tuesday 11th December: The Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell car, due out in 2019 exclusively to California, has been priced at $59,345 for the “Blue” trim or $62,845 for the “Limited” trim. This makes it slightly more than the Toyota Mirai, the only other hydrogen car which is available in sufficient quantity currently. The Nexo will qualify for California’s California Clean Vehicle Rebate of $5,000 and can be fuelled up at California’s 35+ public hydrogen fuelling stations. (Original news from 2018)
  • Tuesday 4th December: Toyota revealed more information about their Prius AWD-e (all-wheel drive hybrid) spin-off of their successful Prius hybrid range. It’ll retail at $27,300 for the LE model, and the XLE model will be $29,740. The AWD-e will have a fairly healthy 50 mpg (combined), with 52 mpg in cities and 48 mpg on highways. (Original news from 2018)
  • Tuesday 20th November: Reviews of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid started to hit the internet, giving the 39 MPG crossover SUV good marks overall. It’ll start at $28,745 for the basic version, and it will arrive in Spring 2019. (Original news from 2018)
  • Monday 12th November: Subaru’s first plug-in vehicle is arriving in 2019, in the form of the Crosstrek Plug-in Electric Hybrid (PHEV). Its expected all-electric range will be 25-26 miles (40-42 km), and it will be using Toyota’s PHEV technology for now. The full details reveal is expected in around a month’s time. (Original news from 2018)
  • Thursday 8th November: Robyn Denholm has been appointed as the new Tesla board Chairwoman, replacing Elon Musk as Chairman after he was forced to step down as part of the SEC settlement. Robyn Denholm is an Australian with a range of experience, serving as national finance manager at Toyota, on the board at Silicon Valley fast charger company ABB, and she also serves as the CFO at Australia’s Telstra telecoms company. (Original news from 2018)
  • Saturday 10th November: Toyota have teased their 2019 Prius model (shown above to the right) in a Tweet, saying “Fall is here, winter’s near, but the 2019 Prius performs on roads whether snowy or clear.”. More details are expected in the LA Auto Show later this month, but it is expected to be an all-wheel drive with a refreshed look and feel. (Original news from 2018)
  • Saturday 10th November: Political disagreement about the future of clean air subsidies for cars in America (last reported here Original news from 2018)

Leave a comment