Toyota Enters China’s EV Arena With Two Battery Electric C-HRs

Toyota has arrived in Shanghai with not one but two all-electric versions of the C-HR that will be produced by the company’s local GAC-Toyota and FAW-Toyota joint ventures.

The new C-HR and its sibling IZOA will be the first Toyotas to be offered with a battery electric powertrain in the world’s biggest car market, starting from 2020.

Toyota didn’t mention any technical details of the C-HR EV but released a short video that shows the battery pack mounted on the floor and an electric motor positioned under the hood powering the front axle alone.

The electric versions of the Toyota C-HR will also get a fully digital instrument display and a new “gear” selector instead of the one you’ll find in the ICE-powered versions. Exterior details include a new front fascia with a small cutout in place of a traditional grille and smaller wheels/tires to reduce rolling resistance for a longer driving range.

Alongside the new C-HR and IZOA EVs, Toyota also brought the hybrid versions of the RAV4 and Alphard/Vellfire at Shanghai for their Chinese debut, as well as the rather futuristic-looking Rhombus concept. The Rhombus also employs a battery-electric powetrain and features an innovative cabin that fits four passengers and positions the driver in the middle.

Toyota is planning to introduce more than 10 battery-electric vehicles in China, including the aforementioned C-HR and IZOA, by 2025. The Japanese company’s target is to sell more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles globally by 2030.



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  • Sébastien

    So those are not “self charging” ??? Oooh must be disappointing for Toyota

  • Boris

    Finally the best manufacturer and leader of automotive is in the EV!

  • Liam Paul

    couple more ugly japanese suvs . I look forward to the day the Koreans over take the ugly offerings from japanese car companies in sales, yes in style that happen a long time ago.

    • no25

      lol you speak out of your butt a lot, don’t you?

  • Dennis Scipio

    I wonder if the C-HR ev will preview a facelifted gasoline/hybrid model with a similar front end. It does look nicer than that model.

  • Ary Wisesa

    That Toyota Rhombus concept is really interesting.

  • Stephen G

    Is it just me or are the C-HR and the IZOA the same car in different colors?

    • ME

      I believe so. This is another nail in the coffin for the Prius brand.


  • Astonman

    Something about this design I’ve always liked. Sporty looking. Saw a bunch of these in the ICE version in Ireland recently.

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