In order to meet its pledge of delivering 10 electric cars to the Chinese market by end of 2020, Toyota has unveiled an all-electric C-HR EV crossover in the Beijing Motor Show exclusively for the Chinese market.
Together with the unveiling of the C-HR EV, Toyota also unveiled two other plug-in hybrid saloon that will arrive in China by 2019 – the Corolla and Levin.
All the three models will see their electric motors, batteries, inverters and “other core technologies” for vehicles to be produced locally.
Toyota will be opening a new battery testing facility in China in 2020 and will also be strengthening its research and development as well as production facilities in the region.
Toyota sold 140,000 units of electrified vehicles in China last year and is aiming to raise its nickel metal hydride production capacity to 220,000 units by 2020.
Currently there are no details about the range and performance of the C-HR EV but it will be the first full-EV built on Toyota’s TNGA platform which the Prius and RAV4 are also built upon. This same architecture will also be used for future Lexus models including the upcoming CT.