Toyota has given a sneak peek of its new “Beyond Zero” theme with the introduction of a new all-electric SUV concept. The vehicle was previewed at the automaker’s annual conference in Tokyo.
The as-yet-unnamed SUV is part of Toyota’s commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2050, and the company says it will be one of several all-electric models to launch by 2025.
While the Beyond Zero concept has yet to be fully revealed, Toyota did share some details. The SUV will be built on the automaker’s e-TNGA platform and will feature a 96-kWh battery pack, which should give it a range of around 300 miles on a single charge.
The SUV will also have a fast-charging capability, with the ability to charge up to 80% in just 30 minutes.
The Beyond Zero concept is not the first electric vehicle from Toyota, which has been a leader in hybrid vehicles with its popular Prius model. However, the automaker has been slower to embrace all-electric technology, and has focused more on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in recent years.
But with the introduction of the Beyond Zero concept, it’s clear that Toyota is now fully committed to all-electric vehicles as well. The company says it will invest $13.5 billion in battery technology by 2030, as it looks to ramp up production of all-electric vehicles.
The Beyond Zero concept is just the first step in Toyota’s new all-electric strategy. The company plans to introduce several more electric models over the next few years, including an electric version of the Corolla and a new electric crossover.
Toyota says it aims to sell 8 million electrified vehicles per year by 2030, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric vehicles.
The automaker has also set a goal of achieving carbon neutrality across its operations by 2050, which will require significant investments in renewable energy, battery technology, and other green initiatives.
Toyota’s push into all-electric vehicles comes as automakers around the world are racing to develop and launch new electric models. With governments around the world introducing stricter emissions regulations, many automakers are looking to shift away from traditional gas-powered vehicles and toward all-electric or hybrid models.
The Beyond Zero concept gives a glimpse of what Toyota’s all-electric future could look like, and it’s clear that the automaker is fully committed to this new direction.