Toyota Tacoma-like truck, sports car, future fleet of EVs revealed
Toyota made a plan for Electric Car to 2030 in a big way: It shows a full range of sizes concept car for both Toyota and Lexus. They’re not weird concepts either, and the company says it’s previewing future models, of which there will be plenty of them. Toyota says it will launch 30 electric vehicle models between now and 2030, with the goal of reaching 3.5 million EV sales globally by that time. There will be many different models, represented by these concepts, with the idea that successful models will help define the direction of the brand. The company also announced that it has expanded its investment in the battery technology by a little more than $4.4 billion, for a total of more than $17.6 billion.
We’re focusing on Toyota cars here, and there are two sets of concepts shown. One is a very large and diverse group called Lifestyle cars, and the other is a group of smaller, more limited bZ models that follow the bZ4X towards agency Early. Of the two sets, the Lifestyle cars in particular caught our attention.
Among them is the Toyota Pickup EV (almost all concepts have naked names). It totally looks like a next generation Toyota Tacoma. The styling is clearly based on Tundra with swept-back headlights combined with the openings of the grille, long nose, aggressive fenders, thick rear pillars and contrasting hood. But the size is much smaller like an electric current Tacoma. The giveaway that it’s an EV is the empty grille, of course, but it looks like there could easily be an open grille for the internal combustion engine. So as a potential preview of the new Tacoma, and signs that the next Tacoma may have an electric option, that is extremely interesting.
The Lifestyle group has a few other highlights. The EV sports car looks great. It also has a mid-mounted motor sport car ratio. We wonder if it could be a spiritual successor to the MR-2. Then there’s the Compact Cruiser EV, which looks like a tiny electrified one Cruiser FJ with a boxy, sturdy design. Several other Lifestyle models (Middle Box, Micro Box and Electronic Board) are examples of more commercial models for delivery, transit and car sharing demand. And there’s the EV Crossover and the Small SUEV, both of which are a bit less appealing than the others.
The bZ cars are meant to expand on the bZ4X to create a small sub-brand. A bZ Small Crossover compact crossover, a bZ coupe-like compact SUV, a bZ full-size SUV and a bZ SDN sedan are in the group. We quite like the Compact SUV’s sleek convertible and the Small Crossover’s aggressive silhouette. The full-size SUV will be a three-row model, something with serious sales potential given the size of the three-row SUV segment.