Toyota announces that it wants to revolutionize the manufacturing process for its future electric cars by using the famous Giga Press. As at Tesla, the Japanese firm will assemble its vehicles in three parts, which will considerably reduce the number of parts required. As a result, manufacturing will be faster and should cost less.
While electric cars are still expensive to buy compared to thermal models, this difference is slowly starting to fade. This is explained by the rising demand, but not only. The price war launched by Tesla is not for nothing, and pushes manufacturers to find solutions to reduce their prices.
A new strategy
This is particularly the case of Toyota, which recently lowered the price of its bZ4X in China, which however increased here. If the firm did not really believe in electrics until now, the arrival at its head of Koji Sato, who replaces Akio Toyoda, is shaking things up. The manufacturer has also announced its strategy a few days earlier, including a drastic increase in autonomy to come.
But the Japanese brand has also made other announcements, as noted by the specialized site Teslarati. She claimed to want revise its production method for its future electric cars over the next few years. The goal ? Go faster and above all reduce manufacturing costs. But how will she be able to do this?
Well, the brand will draw its inspiration from another manufacturer. It’s Tesla, whose Model Y was recently hailed as a work of art by Toyota engineers. The latter welcomed the simplicity of design of the electric SUV, which has undergone a sharp drop in price and which is now eligible for the ecological bonus.
If the latter can afford to reduce its price in this way, it is precisely thanks to the innovative assembly method of the American brand. It uses huge machines and presses to create larger roomswhich make it easier to craft cars by reducing the number of different parts.
This industrial strategy has also been adopted for the manufacture of the future Cybertruck, which should not take too long to see the light of day. Even if its launch continues to be postponed by Elon Musk. The Model 2, which has not yet announced its technical characteristics, should also benefit from this assembly technique.
This will therefore also be the case for Toyota’s electric cars. This process makes it possible in practice to have no need only three large pieces to form a car, against several hundreds normally. The chassis is then composed of the front and rear part, as well as the batteries, as can be seen in the image below, in blue. And who says reduction in the number of elements obviously says lower cost.
And that should logically affect the price paid by customers, which will allow the brand to offer more attractive electric cars. And therefore to develop its market share. Because this strategy will also reduce the time required for manufacturing, which will make it possible to produce more cars. However, the necessary machines are very expensive and require large investments. Also, cars produced in this way could be more difficult to repair.
Toyota announces a halving of costs in the future, with a first stage of 30% reduction by 2026. Investment in factories would also be reduced by half, by 2026. All thanks to the use of three pieces, against 175 without this new technique as can be seen on their press release.
For its part, Tesla also wants to adopt another modular manufacturing strategy, which will save time and money. Thus, each part of the car would be assembled separately and then everything would be installed on the latter at the end. This system would be inaugurated on the future Model 2.
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