The fourth-gen Toyota Prius has just recently arrived so folks could only expect to see the next redesign in 2021. Until then, hybrid lovers would have to be satisfied with the most efficient model probably being one of the worse looker around.
Despite the Prius remaining as evidence that Toyota would be on top in hybrid technology, the automaker cannot settle with only that variant of alternate fuel to go further. Today, all-electric vehicles are slowly taking center stage and it’s only wise for automakers to follow through.
Toyota has nothing much to boast in the zero emissions category but claims that its battery-electric vehicles are becoming cheaper to develop compared to hybrids, based on its range.
Satoshi Ogiso, Toyota’s chief engineer, states that it costs less to produce all-electric vehicles that has less than 155 miles of range compared to hybrids. This indicates that the Japanese automaker will not be making a 200-mile model, like the Chevrolet Bolt, anytime soon.
Having said that, it does not suggest that there isn’t a whole lot of progress in creating zero emissions vehicles that are more affordable. So, when the next-gen Prius launches, Toyota will have no solid reason not to produce an all-electric vehicle along with the traditional and plug-in hybrid variants.
On top of that, the Chevrolet Bolt has already set the bar for what a 60kWh battery could achieve minus the aid of a gas mill. Aside from its up to 55 miles more range than slated, it is reported to be capable of more power and torque, 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft torque, compared to the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt.
The Bolt stands as an inspiration to Toyota in the standpoint that there is a lot more to achieve beyond merely hybrids. Toyota would be losing out if it decides to not follow in GM’s lead.