THE Toyota it has no immediate plans to replace him Aygo X from one small, cheap EVsince the increased cost of batteries make any such model economically unviable. The Japanese it seems that they will not follow their opponents, such as Volkswagen and the Renaultwho have already confirmed the launch of electric vehicles that will not exceed 20,000 euros.
According to the company, the cheapest electric model in its range will be its production version new Urban Crossover conceptwhich will however cost approx 32,000 euros and it will arrive within 2024.
THE Andrea Carlucciits director product development department her Toyotahe said, speaking to Autocarthat there is one more “luxury in the field of electric vehicles” and that “there must be a significant change in the cost of batteries,” before one electric small car pass to mass production.
“We can’t do that right now,he added. With the Urban Crossover to take his place at base of the range of Toyota, the question is: What will happen to the electric supermini concept presented by Toyota in 2021?
Currently is not found in the company’s plans to put it into production, even though many of the concept cars he had presented at the time former president and CEO the company’s, Akio Toyodawill soon arrive at the fairs.
THE Carlucci emphasized that one small EV with a cost below 25,000 euros it is not an elusive dream. “I didn’t say we don’t need a product at this price. I’m just observing where the market is right now,” he said.
Although Toyota will not focus on small classthis does not imply the shift towards SUVs. “We have models, like the Yaris, that are very important to our brand in Europe, more than other cars,” explained the Carlucciindicating that the direction the company will take will favor the successful hatchbackwhich is expected to replaced by an EV in the future, according to his words.
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