Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) has announced that it is set to produce a second electronic continuously variable transmission (e-CVT) at its plant in Wałbrzych, Poland, in 2021. The company is set to invest €70 million to allow the plant to produce the e-CVT.
According to the company, thanks to the smart interaction with a gasoline engine and the two on-board electric motors, the e-CVT ensures an optimum energy flow within the vehicle. Typical for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), kinetic energy is recuperated when the car decelerates and brakes, leading to reduced fuel consumption.
Toyota sees HEVs as an important step towards electrification of transport, and believes that they provide customers with convenient and affordable low-emission mobility, and cities or regions with a practical and readily-available solution to improve air quality and reduce CO2 emissions.
Eiji Takeichi, President of TMMP, stated, “Our Polish plants are increasingly becoming a key manufacturing centre for electrified powertrain components for low-emission hybrid electric powertrains in Europe. This announcement is a clear sign of appreciation for our plants’ achievements and a renewed vote of confidence for the future.”
“We will continue to develop our members to work with modern, automated processes that come with the production of the main components of electric motors,” he continued. “Today marks an important step in the long term planning towards continued electrification of the Polish, and the overall European automotive industry.”