Toyota to introduce in China all-electric sedans and low-floor SUVs in partnership with BYD.

Toyota constructs a broad partnership for its electric vehicle offensive. Right after the deal with CATL, the Japanese manufacturer announced another one with BYD.

The brief press release reveals that Toyota and BYD will jointly develop both the electric vehicles that will be sold under Toyota brand, as well as batteries for those vehicles (BYD will be of course a cell supplier).

If everything goes well, in the next few years we should see the fruits of this partnership in the form of all-electric sedans and low-floor SUV for the Chinese market:

BYD Company Ltd. (BYD) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced today that they have signed an agreement for the joint development of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The two parties will jointly develop sedans and low-floor SUVs as well as the onboard batteries for these vehicles and others with the aim to launch them in the Chinese market under the Toyota brand in the first half of the 2020s.

  • Agreement to jointly develop battery electric vehicles (BEVs); discussions include
    • Joint development of sedans and low-floor SUV BEVs
    • Aim to launch the BEVs in China in the first half of the 2020s
  • BYD and Toyota will also develop onboard batteries for the jointly developed BEVs and other vehicles

"Going forward, BYD and Toyota will make use of the electrified vehicles, and battery development technologies they have acquired through their market introductions and will work together to further develop BEVs that are attractive to customers and in further promoting their widespread adoption."

The previously announced list of upcoming BEVs includes various body types (we add BYD to sedan and SUV categories, although it's not clear whether SUVs will be medium or large size):

  • Compact car (with Suzuki and Toyota's Daihatsu subsidiary)
  • Medium crossover
  • Medium sedan (with BYD)
  • Medium minivan
  • Medium SUV (with Subaru; with BYD?)
  • Large SUV (with BYD?)
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BYD, Toyota Enter Agreement to Jointly Develop Battery Electric Vehicles

Discussions to start with developing vehicles and onboard batteries

  • Agreement to jointly develop battery electric vehicles (BEVs); discussions include
    • Joint development of sedans and low-floor SUV BEVs
    • Aim to launch the BEVs in China in the first half of the 2020s
  • BYD and Toyota will also develop onboard batteries for the jointly developed BEVs and other vehicles

Toyota City, Japan, July 19, 2019―BYD Company Ltd. (BYD) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced today that they have signed an agreement for the joint development of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The two parties will jointly develop sedans and low-floor SUVs as well as the onboard batteries for these vehicles and others with the aim to launch them in the Chinese market under the Toyota brand in the first half of the 2020s.

BYD was founded in 1995 as a battery business and has grown into a total energy solution company, manufacturing not only electrified vehicles but other products such as large-size energy storage cells. The company name BYD stands for "Build Your Dreams" and core parts for electrified vehicles such as batteries, motors and power electronics are among the products that BYD develops in-house. In 2008, BYD became the first company in the world to sell mass production of plug-in hybrid electrified vehicles (PHEVs). Since 2015 onwards, BYD's sales of BEVs and PHEVs have been ranked first in the world for four consecutive years.

In 1997, Toyota became the first company in the world to launch mass production hybrid electrified vehicles (HEVs). Since then, it has become a pioneer of electrified vehicle development, and accumulated a rich array of technologies and experience in the development, production, and sales of electrified vehicles.

To curb global warming, both BYD and Toyota seek to reduce CO2 emissions by promoting the widespread use of BEVs. To accomplish these goals, both companies believe there is a need to put aside their rivalry and collaborate; therefore, the two companies have agreed to jointly develop BEVs.

Going forward, BYD and Toyota will make use of the electrified vehicles, and battery development technologies they have acquired through their market introductions and will work together to further develop BEVs that are attractive to customers and in further promoting their widespread adoption.