2017 Toyota electrified vehicle sales (cumulative monthly - annualized)

2017 Toyota electrified vehicle sales (cumulative monthly - annualized)

Toyota announced that electrified car sales reached 1.5 million annually last year (+8% year-over-year) - three years ahead of its target (2020). The cumulative number now stands at nearly 11.5 million, but how many plug in? 

When we double checked the progress of Toyota's electrified car sales we found that it's almost entirely hybrid and only a tiny fraction are plug ins.

And we must remember that the Japanese company introduced a lot of hybrid models to achieve the 1.5-million mark set last year.

Sales of the Toyota Prius Plug-In (aka Prius Prime in the U.S.) amounted to 20,936 in the U.S. in 2017 and some 26,734 in Japan (according to EV Sales Blog), so with a low number of sale in Europe added, plug-ins barely exceeded 50,000 (or just over 3% of Toyota's total electrified basket).

Just be wary of those electrified claims. They often include very little in the way of plug ins.

"When it comes to global environmental leadership, the number of vehicles that customers buy around the world have a greater impact than the number of concept cars launched at motor shows. Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced today that it reached a major milestone in annual sales of electrified powertrains in 2017 with over 1.52 million sold worldwide. The figure was an increase of eight percent over the prior record set in 2016, marking back-to-back years of growth and accomplishing one of Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 targets, selling more than 1.5 million electrified vehicles in a single year, three years in advance of the original target set for 2020. Additionally, cumulative sales of electrified vehicles now exceed 11.47 million, which represents a reduction of more than 90 million tons of CO2 compared to sales of equivalent conventional vehicles."

Shigeki Terashi, executive vice president, Toyota Motor Corporation said:

“In just over 20 years, we have seen electrified new vehicle sales increase from under 500 sales to more than 1.5 million sales. This is a testament from our customers to the quality, durability and reliability of our electrified powertrains, and, thanks to them, has led us to establish a solid and sustainable foundation for mass producing a more diverse portfolio of electrified vehicles across our range moving forward.”