Not much is known about what sort of battery-powered EVs Toyota will be working on, save for a deadline: 2020. According to previous reports, the Aygo city car is a candidate for electrification. But whatever the future may hold, it’s a certainty Toyota won’t settle for that. If the company wants to take on the likes of the next-gen Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, and an upcoming flurry of all-electric vehicles from the Volkswagen Group, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW, it needs a cohesive range of electric vehicles.
Whatever the future holds, the engineering side of the Toyota EV division is headed by Koji Toyoshima, the chief engineer of the Prius and the Prius Prime. The pressing question is, why did the board of directors appoint Toyota's most talented managers and engineers? To my mind, the answer is simple.
Having focused on hybrids and plug-in hybrids, Toyota is very far behind the EV competition. Thus, engineering needs to be top notch is Toyota’s upcoming EV lineup wants to duke it out with the big boys. Regarding managerial roles, Akio Toyoda and the other three higher-ups will enable the EV unit to make haste. With these guys around, the electric vehicle division is sure to deliver its first-ever finished good before the 2020 deadline.