Toyota introduced its innovations to be presented in the upcoming period at the Kenshiki Forum, which it organized for the second time, and conveyed the outline of its vision of mobility, which will lead to a great change. One of the major innovations presented at the Kenshiki Forum was the preview of Toyota's all-new battery-electric SUV model.
The 100 percent electric SUV model to be built on the new e-TNGA platform, together with the new platform, will be the first step of Toyota's battery-powered electric models to be released in the coming period. Preparing to give more details about this new SUV in the coming months, Toyota shared a design silhouette and platform architecture in the first place.
The SUV vehicle, which has been previewed but has not yet been named, will be versatile with its smart design philosophy and can be adapted to different product types. While some key points of the new e-TNGA platform remain fixed, other points can be changed and applied to vehicle types with different width, length, wheelbase and height. The new e-TNGA platform can be adapted to front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicles. Thus, the platform can also be used for vehicles with different battery sizes and electric motors. Toyota will also shorten the development timing thanks to this versatile approach.
This SUV vehicle, whose model development has been completed and will be built on the first e-TNGA, will be produced at Toyota's ZEV factory in Japan.
40 percent of R&D will be used for power units
Toyota announced that 40 percent of its R&D investments will be used in the development of the power units of the future, while determining the roadmap for the future. Stating that it will offer 2025 new or renewed electric motor models by 60, Toyota underlined that 10 or more of these vehicles will be battery-powered electric or fuel cell.
Toyota, which plans to sell 2025 million electric motors globally in 5.5, aims to realize more than 2030 million zero-emission sales, including fuel cell and battery electrics, in 1. Thus; By 2050, in line with the vision of making Europe climate neutral, alignment with the EU's Green Deal will be achieved. Filling infrastructure and electric charging network investments for hydrogen, which is shown as the energy source of the future, will also be supported.
Toyota hydrogen society future fast approaching
Toyota demonstrated once again the "hydrogen potential" for a zero-emission society at the Kenshiki Forum. As highlighted in the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), it has recently emerged that businesses and consumers are showing an increasing interest in the advantages of hydrogen in terms of wide range of applications.
In response to this remarkable interest, Toyota established the Fuel Cell Business Group to make the most of hydrogen in Europe. The group, established in Brussels, will accelerate the implementation of hydrogen in mobility and other areas and contribute to the acquisition of new business partners.
Toyota, which is a pioneer in hydrogen technology, once again managed to attract attention by introducing the second generation of the fuel cell Mirai last week. Toyota developed the Mirai's fuel cell system, which it introduced in 2014, making it smaller, lighter and more energy-dense. Toyota will continue to reveal the high potential of hydrogen with the Mirai, which will hit the road in 2021.
Underlining that this technology is used not only in automobiles but also in many different areas such as heavy commercial vehicles, bus fleets, forklifts and generators, Toyota announced that it continues to test for boats and trains.
Toyota at the same time; It will support the local infrastructure transport fleets and mobility services, focusing on the hydrogen ecosystem in European centers to accelerate the spread of hydrogen use. Through the new “Fuel Cell Business Group”, Toyota will also work closely with industry partners, national and regional governments and organizations to promote the development of hydrogen eco-systems in more places and move towards the goal of a Hydrogen Community for the benefit of all. In this way, it is stated that the fuel cell business volume will increase 10 times in the short term.
Toyota's new mobility service "KINTO Europe"
Toyota also announced at the Kenshiki Forum that KINTO has transformed from a mobility service brand project to a new mobility company named KINTO Europe. This new formation aims to enable it to go beyond traditional work with its mobility services. KINTO Europe, established in cooperation with Toyota Motor Europe (TME) and Toyota Financial Services (TFS), will be located in Cologne, Germany. The company that will manage the growing KINTO mobility services and products across Europe will start operations in April 2021.
As it is known, the Covid-19 epidemic created negative conditions for automotive companies and consumers, while on the other hand, it led many people to reconsider their lifestyle and priorities. Toyota sees this as an opportunity for innovative mobility services, expecting a growing interest in flexible mobility. KINTO Europe stands out as an ideal brand to meet these requirements with services such as vehicle subscriptions, vehicle sharing, vehicle pool and multiple solutions tailored to companies, cities and individuals.
Toyota's European dealer network will continue to play a critical role in the development of KINTO Europe. Toyota aims to further strengthen its deep-rooted cooperation by turning its dealers into a Mobile Service Provider. KINTO will enable dealers to go beyond traditional sales and service businesses to provide exactly the services customers want.
KINTO services in Europe
KINTO, which was first introduced in Europe in January 2020, has grown steadily and grew in popularity. Currently, KINTO offers many different and flexible services. These are listed as follows;
- KINTO One stands out as an all-inclusive rental service in seven European markets so far and will be available in more countries by 2021. It has now become a medium-sized player with a fleet of more than 100.000 vehicles in the fleet management market.
- KINTO Share offers a wide range of car sharing services from corporate customers to individual customers. Operating in Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Spain and Sweden, these services will also be offered in new markets. Another KINTO Share service is being developed for launch through the dealer network.
- KINTO Flex stands out as a short-term, flexible vehicle subscription service and
- It allows KINTO customers to benefit from all Toyota and Lexus vehicles. It increases the freedom of owning a vehicle by offering access to various vehicle types throughout the year, serving the tastes and needs of users.
- KINTO Join is a corporate vehicle pool solution set up for employees to create their own private transportation networks. Currently available in Norway and Italy, the service will begin to take place in the UK.
- KINTO Go stands out as a system that coordinates public transport tickets, parking, taxi services and events in multi-model journey planning service. The system, which has already achieved good results in Italy, will expand further in the short term.