Lexus will launch a series of “next-generation” EVs by 2026, as new Toyota president Koji Sato reveals more of his plans — from the press release:
Specifically, we will develop next-generation BEVs for Lexus brand by 2026, with everything from the battery and platform to how a car is built optimized for BEVs, while expanding our current BEV lineup.
This is notable, as reports last year suggested Toyota may scrap the new E-TNGA platform used to build the RZ 450e — from Reuters in December:
E-TNGA was designed so EVs could be built on Toyota assembly lines with gasoline cars and hybrids, a compromise that limits the automaker’s ability to deliver factory-floor innovations that Toyota engineers now recognise as key to Tesla’s strength.
Also, Toyota designed e-TNGA on the assumption it would need to sell about 3.5 million EVs a year, about one-third of its current global volume, by 2030, sources have said, while the industry outlook is for a faster pace of growth.