Toyota rolls out C-HR plug-in hybrid, plans six bZ EVs for Europe

Toyota on Monday teased a plug-in hybrid model of its C-HR subcompact crossover and confirmed extra all-electric bZ fashions for Europe.

The Toyota C-HR Prologue Idea proven Monday previews a next-generation mannequin scheduled to debut within the close to future. Toyota stated in a press launch that this new mannequin is engineered to help a plug-in hybrid powertrain, along with the hybrid powertrain already out there on the present mannequin in some markets.

The idea is a product of Toyota’s European design studio situated within the south of France, which additionally designed the present C-HR. Batteries for the manufacturing C-HR plug-in hybrid will originate in Europe as properly, for fashions bought in that market, no less than. Toyota hasn’t stated whether or not the C-HR plug-in hybrid will likely be bought within the U.S.

Toyota C-HR Prologue concept

Toyota C-HR Prologue idea

Toyota additionally introduced plans for 5 extra European-market bZ EVs alongside the present bZ4X, bringing the overall to 6, which feeds right into a aim of creating the automaker’s European operations carbon impartial by 2040.

The brand new fashions for Europe may embody a manufacturing model of the bZ Compact SUV Idea that debuted on the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Present. The bZ3 sedan is predicated on the identical e-TNGA platform, however its battery and propulsion tech, that are sourced from China’s BYD, means it might probably come to Europe in one other type. The slew of ideas Toyota unveiled in December 2021 may supply different hints.

Toyota C-HR Prologue concept

Toyota C-HR Prologue idea

With improvement of EVs lately reportedly paused, Toyota seems to have opted to largely proceed its all-of-the-above strategy—Europe included.

“Owing to the present quick provide and excessive prices of battery supplies and lack of infrastructure,” Gill Pratt, head of the Toyota Analysis Institute, stated in a press release, “it’s higher to make use of a mix of battery electrical, plug-in hybrid electrical and hybrid electrical automobiles to cut back CO2 emissions over the subsequent 10-15 years.”

Whereas the C-HR plug-in hybrid hasn’t been confirmed for the U.S., we all know Toyota goals to take an analogous strategy right here. It’s hinted that extra plug-in hybrids are coming to the U.S. market—with a PHEV model of the Crown anticipated quickly.