By now, you shouldn’t be surprised by the expression “electrification is the future”. This is already the case, to the point that the demand for hybrid and electric vehicles continues to increase in the world.
With electrification installed, it looks like diesel fuel is at the short end of the stick. Brands recently announced their intention to move away from oil burners. In fact, in September 2020, the demand for hybrid and electric vehicles exceeded the demand for diesel vehicles in Europe for the first time.
But aside from developing clean diesel engines to meet emissions requirements, what if automakers start developing diesel hybrids?
This is the latest report from Japan, courtesy of Best Car Web, with Toyota at the center of the rumor.
According to the website, Toyota plans to increase the number of vehicles equipped with hybrids as soon as possible at the dawn of the next decade. While it’s not much of a surprise, among the powertrains allegedly developed by the Japanese automaker is a diesel-electric hybrid. All-terrain 4×4 machines and utility vehicles will likely be installed, the report said.
That said, all Toyota vehicles in Japan are expected to be hybrids, including vans, light trucks, and utility vehicles.
Before we dive into a conclusion, let’s take a step back and consider that these are not confirmed reports at this point. A Toyota diesel-electric hybrid powertrain may or may not happen, and our guesses are aligned at this point.
However, the idea of a hybrid diesel powertrain isn’t that bad at all in terms of efficiency and torque requirements. With applications on Toyota’s off-road vehicles like the Tundra or the Land Cruiser, an electrified large oil burner with instant torque shouldn’t be a shabby proposition.
Then again, let’s all keep a close ear for other developments, especially weird ones like Toyota USA showing how diesels work.