Toyota and Lexus are Joining the EV Party - Unveiling 15 Upcoming Electric Vehicles
Toyota and Lexus have recently unveiled their plans to release fifteen electric vehicles in the coming years, including a Tacoma-sized electric pickup truck, a 4-door successor to the FJ Cruiser, and a full-size Lexus SUV.
The news has been met with excitement from many drivers who are looking forward to experiencing these new EVs. Toyota's R1T Prototype exterior has remained largely unchanged for several years, making it look modern and stylish compared to other Toyota models. This is despite the fact that Toyota was slow to adopt EV technology until they were forced to do so.
For those loyal to the Lexus brand, this announcement may come too late as other companies have already released their own EVs. However, while the R1S may not be available until 2023, there are still options in the meantime such as Rivian or CT.
When it comes to the Tacoma EV, if it can haul around 1600 lbs., tow 9500 lbs., and provide 400 miles of range then it could be an appealing option over the R1T. The question remains how soon these EVs will hit the market given Toyota’s reluctance to produce them.
It appears that all legacy manufacturers are now hitting the panic button due to Tesla’s success and GM/Ford’s lack thereof. It seems that Toyota has been quietly working on EV infrastructure for some time and have produced numerous prototypes in a short amount of time.
While North Americans may think of Toyota as only focusing on US markets, this isn't always the case. For example, Land Cruisers dominate many markets outside of the US but dismal sales here means we won't get the 300 series.
Overall, it looks like Toyota and Lexus are finally joining the EV party and drivers should keep an eye out for more details in the upcoming months regarding specs and availability dates.
What are Lexus' EV plans?
Lexus has revealed plans for a Tacoma-sized electric pickup truck, a 4-door successor to the FJ Cruiser, and a Lexus full-size SUV.
How long has the R1T Prototype exterior been around?
The R1T Prototype exterior has not changed much in the last 3-4 years. It still looks relevant and better than other Toyotas.
Is Toyota late to the EV party?
As a historically loyal Lexus buyer, Toyota is indeed late to the EV party. However, they mentioned the breakthrough of the Prius as being first to market which is true.
Will there be a Lexus SUV EV?
There may be a Lexus SUV EV with specs similar to the R1S, but it may not come out until after 2023.
What are the specs of the Tacoma EV?
The Tacoma EV will have a range of 400 miles, can haul around 1600 lbs, and tow around 9500 lbs.
How soon will these EVs be released?
It is unclear how soon these EVs will be released given Toyota's reluctance to produce EVs. However, legacy manufacturers are hitting the panic button due to Tesla's success and GM/Ford's plodding along.
Is Toyota only focusing on North America?
No, Toyota is a global company and is taking into account that many parts of the world are behind when it comes to EV infrastructure.
Will I receive a Tacoma EV sooner than an R1T?
If you have yet to place an order for an R1T, you may receive a new Tacoma EV sooner. Additionally, existing Toyota dealership service departments provide another plus for those considering purchasing a Tacoma EV.
Should I wait 12-24 months before placing an order for an R1S?
You may want to wait 12-24 months before placing an order for an R1S as battery technology and real world performance become more known during this time period. Additionally, Lexus may have a better idea of when the R1S will be available.