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Toyota promises a steady, balanced approach to its electrified future

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Unlike General Motors, Toyota's approach to electrifying its lineup has been rather quiet. The company that sells the most hybrids in the world has today promised to keep up the effort, doubling down on its commitment to electrification and making predictions concerning future sales of the products. Earlier this month, the automaker committed to having 70 electrified products as part of its global lineup by 2025.

Toyota says that they expect battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to make up 15 percent of its U.S. sales by 2030. Currently, Toyota offers no BEVs for sale though the Toyota bz4X Concept is expected to hit the market sooner rather than later. The company has already reserved the names of future electric members of its product lineup. In North America only the Toyota Mirari sedan is available with a FCEV powertrain and it's not a hot seller.

Toyota bZ4X Concept side profileThe Toyota bZ4X Concept will be a BEV that's on the market soon. Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota expects that hybrids (HEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) will make up 70 percent of the products from both the Toyota and Lexus brands by 2030.

Globally, Toyota expects to sell approximately eight million electrified vehicles by 2030, of which 2 million will be BEVs and FCEVs.

"For over 30 years, Toyota has been innovating and investing in technology to reduce vehicle emissions and achieve carbon reductions," said Chris Reynolds, chief administrative officer, Toyota Motor North America. "And, although some people believe concentrating resources on one possible solution will achieve the goal more quickly, we believe investing in many different solutions will actually be a faster way to achieve carbon neutrality around the world."

Currently there are 17 electrified vehicles in Toyota's U.S. lineup:

Toyota estimates that over the years its models have saved 139 million tons of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide–76 million tons in the U.S.

Rather than going all-in on BEVs, Toyota is committed to a portfolio of alternative powertrains that can "help bridge to an all-electric mobility future" while steadily and substantially reducing carbon emissions every year "until the recharging infrastructure and costs of BEVs make them an attractive, affordable choice for all consumers everywhere".

Toyota intends to play a role in helping to solve BEV infrastructure and cost challenges. This means encouraging "policymakers to write regulations and laws that encourage consumers to consider all kinds of environmentally friendly, carbon-reducing vehicles so we can move even faster toward a carbon neutral society for all". In 2019 Toyota acknowledged that one of the reasons that it doesn't sell its Mirai more widely is that hydrogen-powered vehicle regulations are antiquated, especially in the Northeastern U.S.

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New electric SUV

Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

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Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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New minivan

Honda announces new Odyssey Sport

Sport is a new trim for the Odyssey minivan.

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The Honda Odyssey may not be the most exciting vehicle in the world, but it's getting a new Sport model that at least makes it look the part. Honda will release the model for the 2023 model year, and the Odyssey line overall will be offered with a new Honda Service Pass, which includes two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

The Odyssey Sport slots into the Honda catalog between the EX-L and Touring trims. It comes with gloss-black exterior trim and black 19-inch wheels outside, and black leather with red stitching inside. The cabin comes with red accent lighting on the dash and in the footwells, and the roof pillars and headliner are both black. Under the hood, the Odyssey Sport gets the same 3.5-liter V6 from years past. It makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a ten=speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

2023 Honda Odyssey SportThe Sport comes with dark exterior trim and unique leather upholstery with red stitching inside. Honda

All Odyssey models come with Honda Sensing safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. The 2023 van hasn't been crash-tested yet, but the 2022 model earned a Top Safety Pick + award, so it's likely the new model will be rated similarly.

Honda Service Pass is a new program for 2023+ Honda vehicles. It covers routine scheduled maintenance for up to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Under the program, buyers get free oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.

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