Toyota’s new battery and fuel cell electric vehicles to reinforce multi-pathway approach to carbon neutrality

4 December 2023
  • Toyota’s global “Mobility for All” vision aims to leave no one behind with its multipath approach, providing customers with accessible low and zero emission mobility solutions to meet their diverse needs  
  • Toyota Motor Europe is applying the multipath strategy and leading the transition to carbon neutrality by 2040 
  • Presentation of an expanded line-up of future battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles  
  • Toyota Motor Europe’s battery electric vehicle sales to exceed 250,000 per year by 2026 
  • Weblinks to all associated Toyota press releases provided below  

At Toyota Motor Europe’s (TME) 2023 Kenshiki forum in Brussels (29 November), a team of global and European executives presented the company’s latest electrified products and technologies.  

Kenshiki means insight in Japanese and this year’s edition to an audience of more than 300 media representatives focused on the battery electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles which will play a significant role in the company’s multi pathway strategy in the years ahead.  

Weblinks to all Toyota’s Kenshiki forum press releases are provided below. 

Mobility for All 

Toyota’s principle of ‘Mobility for All’ and its commitment to achieving full carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040 and globally by 2050 guides the company’s approach to new product development.  

Speaking at Kenshiki, Simon Humphries, Chief Branding Officer, Head of Design, Toyota Motor Corporation, provided further insight into the company’s mindset: “For us, what mobility really comes down to is freedom. With freedom comes opportunity, and at Toyota, we believe that everyone should have access to the opportunity that mobility provides, wherever in the world they live, whatever the situation and leaving no one behind.” 

Toyota’s ‘multi-pathway’ strategy confirms this thinking, where low and zero emission mobility solutions are designed to meet specific regional needs; products which satisfy customer demand or are relevant to their local infrastructure while remaining accessible so that no one is left behind on the journey to carbon neutrality.  

Humphries presented several concept models which will spearhead Lexus and Toyota’s next generation battery electric vehicles. He explained how the new modular design architecture, combining gigacast chassis, components minimisation, and the new Arene operating system, will enable design freedom to elevate the entire user experience. 

The future Toyota and Lexus battery electric vehicles presented at Kenshiki are intended to appear on European roads in the coming years – including the Lexus LF-ZC, Toyota FT-Se Toyota FT-3e, Toyota Sport Crossover concept and the Toyota Urban SUV concept. 

The Path Towards Carbon Neutrality 

TME announced last year its goal of achieving full carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040.  

SBTi Scope 1 and 2 carbon neutrality will be achieved in its European operations and manufacturing facilities by 2030.  

For Scope 3, Toyota will achieve 100 per cent CO2 reduction in new vehicles sales in 2035 and by 2040, full carbon neutrality in value chain and logistics – where TME is already making progress by starting to use hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks on its four key logistics routes from Belgium to Germany, France and Netherlands. 

Battery Electric Vehicle Expansion  

Yoshihiro Nakata, President and CEO, Toyota Motor Europe, commenting on TME’s mid-term product launch plan, stated that “while we will continue to offer multiple carbon reduction technologies, we will also steadily increase the number of zero-emissions vehicles we offer to customers.” 

In Europe, Toyota’s electrified mix is already at 71 per cent and is expected to grow to 75 per cent in 2024. This will further expand with new battery electric vehicles playing an increasingly significant role in its sales volumes.  

By 2026, TME will offer around 15 different zero emission vehicles under the Toyota brand, from passenger cars to light commercial vehicles. At this time, Toyota’s European BEV mix is expected to be more than 20 per cent with more than 250,000 vehicle sales per annum.  

Turning to hydrogen, Nakata explained that Toyota retains a confident outlook on its unique role in contributing to the decarbonisation of Europe’s mobility with the momentum of growing infrastructure and availability of green hydrogen. 

Toyota’s hydrogen strategy reaches across several mobility sectors: in the passenger car segment, it offers the Mirai saloon and newly launched Crown. In the commercial sector, TME’s Hydrogen Factory Europe, is integrating its current fuel cell technology into trucks, buses, coaches, boats – and pick-up trucks, as seen in the hydrogen fuel cell Hilux prototype presented at Kenshiki.  

Hydrogen technology will be further advanced when Toyota launches its third generation fuel cell systems in 2026. 

Addition of Proace Max Completes Toyota Professional Line-up 

The Toyota Professional light commercial vehicle line-up is completed by the addition of the new Proace Max, a large van available in different lengths and heights providing customers the versatility they demand. 

Like its siblings, the new Proace Max is available with a battery electric powertrain, giving a range of up to 261 miles (WLTP) and access to zero emission zones.  

Proace Max joins the updated Proace and Proace City models to offer customers the choice between large, medium and small commercial vehicles – all with the option of a battery electric powertrain. 

Hilux is also a key part of the Toyota Professional fleet, a mainstay of TME’s commercial fleet for customers who value quality, durability and reliability. It will receive another boost next year when a version with a hybrid 48-volt system is introduced, providing more power and torque while improving fuel efficiency by 10 per cent. 

Toyota Professional has strong momentum and sales are expected grow in 2023 to more than 140,000 vehicles, an increase of more than +20 per cent compared to 2022.  A strong product offering is just one part of the equation, with a key differentiator being the recognised customer service excellence of the retail network.   

Toyota’s Paris 2024 Legacy 

Further to the earlier hydrogen thread, Matt Harrison, COO, Toyota Motor Europe highlighted that up to 10 hydrogen applications will be in operation at Paris 2024. Toyota, as the worldwide mobility partner of the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, will provide a passenger vehicle fleet of more than 2,650 electrified vehicles and 700 electric last-mile mobility solutions. 

Harrison explained that among these solutions are 250 Accessible People Movers (APMs), redesigned for Paris 2024 and built in Europe, to better meet local requirements for Paris: “The vehicle is designed to offer last-mile service and transport people with accessibility needs. After the Games, the fleet of APMs will form part of our sustainable legacy for Paris.” 

Kenshiki Deep Dives 

A series of Kenshiki product and technology deep dives followed the main meeting. Press releases covering each aspect of the forum activities can be reached using the following weblinks: –   


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Toyota’s new battery and fuel cell electric vehicles to reinforce multi-pathway approach to carbon neutrality


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Sport Crossover and Urban SUV Concept
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Toyota FT-Se
Toyota FT-Se
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Matt Harrison, COO, Toyota Motor Europe
Matt Harrison, COO, Toyota Motor Europe
Matt Harrison, COO, Toyota Motor Europe
Simon Humphries, Chief Branding Officer, Head of Design, Toyota Motor Corporation
Simon Humphries, Chief Branding Officer, Head of Design, Toyota Motor Corporation
Yoshihiro Nakata, President and CEO, Toyota Motor Europe
Yoshihiro Nakata, President and CEO, Toyota Motor Europe
Toyota at Kenshiki Forum

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