Toyota is in talks with GAC Motor to sell GAC's electric cars in its Chinese dealerships to deal with New Energy Vehicle quota requirements from 2019.
Toyota Corolla PHEV version
Automakers will be required to collect 10% NEV credits, but several credits can be earned with 1 plug-in sale, so the effective share of plug-ins will be much lower than 10%.
Toyota already announced two plug-in hybrids for 2019 - Corolla PHEV and Levin PHEV - and announced an all-electric compact SUV - C-HR BEV/IZOA BEV that will be manufactured respectively by GAC Toyota Motor and FAW Toyota Motor JVs.
The reports about upcoming sales of GAC-branded BEV cars under the Toyota roof suggest that Toyota needs more NEVs credits than it's able to generate itself (single BEV sold generates several credits).
"Toyota Motor Corp is taking an unprecedented route to meet China’s stringent green car quotas: its showrooms will sell an electric vehicle without the Japanese company’s distinctive triple-oval logo.
Instead, it will feature the label of GAC Motor, Toyota’s Chinese partner, and will be built around GAC’s lower-cost technology.
The move - a first for Toyota - will give GAC access to the Japanese carmaker’s stringent quality control, prestige and sales channel. For Toyota, it presents a quick way to meet Beijing’s requirements that such vehicles represent 10 percent of an auto manufacturer’s production by 2019."
According to Reuters, by the end of this year, Toyota showrooms will receive the GAC ix4 electric compact SUV, based on GAC’s Trumpchi GS4.