By: Kevin Gray
For years now, the writing has been on the wall about the future of automobiles. Fuel efficiency has become increasingly more important and concerns about the effect of auto exhaust on the environment are rising. For years, top auto manufacturers have been embracing the future through hybrids, E-85, Flex-fuel, and electric, but one company, Toyota, has been leading the charge. No, the Japanese automaker has revealed that they plan on offering consumers more than 10 different pure electronic vehicles (EV) worldwide by the early 2020s.
In addition to having a large variety of EV options to chose from, Toyota hopes that by 2025 every Toyota and Lexus will either be EV-only or have an electrified option like a hybrid or hydrogen fuel cell.
While Toyota has some lofty goals, they won't be alone in that market. Ford has recently said that it wants at least 10 percent of its sales to be EVs by 2020, while GM hopes to have 20 EVs on the market by 2023. Also companies like Tesla already have a head start on Toyota since all they over are EV models. The Tesla Model 3 already has over 500,000 orders through August 2018.
Even though Toyota is hedging its bets by making hydrogen a part of its future, it's treating EVs as a significant part of its lineup. And when Toyota is clearly one of the world's largest car brands, that's bound to make an impact on what people drive.