Toyota envisions a future in which carbon neutrality is achieved through the practical marketization of a portfolio of products with advanced, alternative-fuel and zero-emission powertrain technologies. Already a leader in electrification, the company took a major step forward today with the introduction of the Toyota bZ4X Concept, a vision for the first of a global series of battery-electric vehicles to be introduced under the “Toyota bZ” brand umbrella. The Toyota bZ4X Concept joins a full lineup of electrified vehicles – a lineup that, in total, accounts for more than 40% of all alternative powertrain vehicles sold in the U.S. These alternative powertrains include battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell electrics, hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Toyota plans to expand to around 70 electrified models globally by 2025. This future lineup will feature 15 dedicated BEVs, including seven carrying the bZ (Beyond Zero) brand moniker. In addition, Toyota intends to bring electrification to its pickup truck lineup in the near future, including hybrid and BEV powertrains. This diverse portfolio of electrified products will help propel Toyota toward its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
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Muscular, sensual design language combined with an elegant, modern interior design: With the Austral, Renault is expanding its model range with a completely newly developed compact SUV. The newcomer is characterized by a muscular, sporty design language in the brand's new ""Sensual Tech"" design. In the elegant interior, the Austral shines with a high-quality mix of materials, combined with the OpenR info screen, which, in combination with the openR Link multimedia system, enables an intuitive and networked driving experience. On the drive side, efficient petrol engines with hybrid technology are available for the new Austral. Another highlight is the 4CONTROL Advanced all-wheel steering. The market launch will take place in autumn. The new Renault Austral signals pronounced dynamics even when stationary: the combination of generous forms, striking silhouette and technical details such as the high-tech headlights embody the new ""Sensual Tech"" design of the Renault brand. The typical SUV proportions give the new Austral a powerful appearance: with a height of 1.62 meters and a width of 1.83 meters, the newcomer has a wheelbase of 2.67 meters. The short overhangs of 925 millimeters at the front and 917 millimeters at the rear as well as large wheels measuring up to 20 inches further emphasize the robust and sporty appearance. Characteristics of the new Renault Austral are the underbody protection at the front and rear, striking protectors on the sides of the vehicle as well as powerfully shaped side skirts and a high waistline. Its proportions make it look spacious, robust and sporty, which is reinforced by the flat angle of the rear window. The expansive wheel arches give the vehicle additional stature. The Austral's front end is defined by a chromed horizontal bar running through the large, checkered grille and extending from headlight to headlight. The prominent design element visually widens the front of the vehicle and gives it an elegant touch. The new Renault logo in the middle also underlines the modern character of the vehicle.
In addition to the production of electric vehicles, ŠKODA AUTO is also focusing on the development of the ŠKODA iV ecosystem. The Powerpass enables easy and convenient battery charging at points throughout Europe, including the Ionity quick-charging network. ŠKODA is also rapidly expanding the charging infrastructure at its dealers. For charging at home, the car manufacturer offers various ŠKODA iV Charger wall boxes and supports customers with planning and installation.