Toyota Says Mass EV Production To Begin In China For 2019

1 month ago by Mark Kane 18

Toyota C-HR (From Left to Right) Conceptual Sketch, Initial Model, Actual Product

Rumors from Japan indicates that Toyota will respond to the new aggressive Chinese quotas for plug-in vehicles by launching mass production of electric cars in China from 2019.

To be fair, if the company wants to stay in China…it doesn’t have a choice in the matter.  By the end of 2018 2019, a full 8% 10% of sales have to plug-in, or risk fines and ultimately being removed from the market place.

Toyota C-HR (ICE)

The base model for that compliance purpose is to be the C-HR (currently available in conventional and hybrid versions only).

Unfortunately, the new electric SUV will be manufactured for Chinese market only.

“We are going to introduce EVs in China with a few years. However, we don’t talk about any future product plans.” – Toyota spokesman Ryo Sakai

The initial production scale is to said to be several thousand annually at the beginning – which honestly doesn’t sound like they are gearing up to sell a heck of a lot, but are rather waiting to see if the Chinese government holds firm on its ambitious plug-in targets.

“The pace of production is to be decided after taking into account the regulations and the subsidies, the report said, adding that annual output could start with more than several thousand units.”

source: Asahi Shimbun, Reuters, hat tip to Nico!

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18 responses to "Toyota Says Mass EV Production To Begin In China For 2019"

  1. Mikael says:

    So even Toyota knows how to do it if they are just squeezed hard enough.
    A 50 km PHEV will give them 1 credit each, so they might add some Prius Primes into the mix too.

    Now what will we do to force them to actually sell these worldwide?

    1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      Maybe start paying some real money for what you want instead of dreaming about ruling the world by force?

      1. Mikael says:

        Nah, market forces are weak when it comes to change.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Economic forces are far stronger than political ones, altho sometimes it takes awhile for those forces to manifest themselves. Like the tide rolling in; slow, but inevitable. Just look at what happened to the former Soviet Union.

          When the day comes that the average car buyer sees PEVs as being more desirable than gasmobiles, then nothing the auto makers can possibly do will stop gasmobiles from becoming obsolete… and far more rapidly than most people are currently expecting.

    2. Priusmaniac says:

      Simple, no ev, no buy.

  2. Windbourne says:

    If California was smart, they would put in place a similar approach of requiring 10% of the cars SOLD to be 100% zero emissions other than water by end of 2020.
    IOW, EVs, fuel cells, etc.

    For some car makers, they MIGHT leave, but I doubt it.

    1. Mark.ca says:

      Or they may join the fed gov and sue the state…the American way.

    2. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      California needs to become some bloody dictatorship like PRC first to be able force it on the people. Unfortunately, most are not ready to pay even few thousand extra of their own money more per car for emission outsourcing. Dictatorships tend not to care about environment either, just look at air in Chinese cities, you can see it.

      1. Mikael says:

        Ignorance is bliss…

      2. Get Real says:

        LMAO, “emissions outsourcing” just reinforces your status here zzzz as nothing more then shill for fossil fuel and fossil fool industries and a serial anti-EV troll with nothing to add here.

    3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      California tried that, circa 1999 or so. Didn’t work. As I said, economic forces are stronger than political ones.

      And China has already backed off a bit on its ZEV mandate. Even in China, you can’t force auto makers to keep making and selling cars if they can’t make a profit at it.

  3. earl colby pottinger says:

    One thing about China, it will want to protect it’s auto industry. So if it does relax the rules a little I bet it would only be for chinese companies and outsiders will still have to stick to the present rules.

    Counting on China to back-pedal is a great way to lose the world largest market.

  4. Mil says:

    Funny how all these car manufacturers will “figure out” solutions when pushed. Shows they just lacked motivation. Complete and 100% respect to China for doing what no other country could (or would).

    1. john1701a says:

      Motivation… like profit?

      That’s why GM hasn’t tried a plug-in SUV.

      Starting with smaller vehicles in China makes sense for that reason.

    2. john1701a says:

      Motivation… like chargers?

      The lack of a super high-speed standard still is an obvious barrier to mass acceptance.

  5. Stephen Hodges says:

    The Toyota Juke?

    1. Mark.ca says:

      They have to start with the ugliest one, that’s the rule.

  6. Priusmaniac says:

    They should reverse, 90% BEV and only 10% ICE still tolerated for new cars.

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