Toyota plant in Poland to produce second hybrid transmission in 2021
- Starting in 2021, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) plans to produce a second electronic continuously variable transmission (e-CVT) at its plant in Wałbrzych
- With this 70 million euro investment, TMMP will also be producing one of the electric motors that are integral to Toyota’s hybrid electric powertrain system
- The plant already produces hybrid transmissions for 1.8L hybrid engines since 2018
Brussels, Belgium – 26th July, 2019 – As Toyota Motor Europe (TME)’s hybrid vehicle sales continue to rise as a percentage of total sales in the European region, reaching 52% in H1 2019, the company continues its efforts to localise production of hybrid engine components in Europe. Today, its TMMP plant in Walbrzych, Poland, announced that it will add an e-CVT from 2021 to its existing production. Together with earlier announcements, Toyota’s total investment in both its Polish manufacturing centres in Walbrzych and Jelcz-Laskowice will increase to approximately 1.2 billion euros.
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. Today marks an important step in the long term planning towards continued electrification of the Polish, and the overall European automotive industry.
The economy is a bit like a car. If you do not have a good drive, if you do not have good gear ratios the economy is not spinning as well as it should. Modern technologies, such as those that we attract with Toyota to Poland are just such a good drive. So we're well on our way to increase the modernity and innovation of the Polish economy. Here, in Wałbrzych a new investment in low emission industry & state of-the-art mobility is realised. These investments, which today I saw in Wałbrzych, along with those for the coming years, for the two to be done are a huge opportunity for development of the whole economy.
The hybrid e-CVT is at the heart of Toyota's hybrid electric powertrain system. 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. When it comes to emissions, several independent studies* show that a HEV drives over 50% of the distance in zero-emission mode on urban and sub-urban trips. Toyota sees HEVs as an important step towards electrification of transport, providing 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.
Recent milestones in multi-year investment plans to bring advanced hybrid technology to Polish plants
Start of Production
* Among others, from the University of Rome and the Cracow University of Technology.
Notes to the editors:
Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME) oversees the wholesale sales and marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts and accessories, and Toyota’s European manufacturing and engineering operations. Toyota directly employs around 20,000 people in Europe and has invested over EUR 9 billion since 1990. Toyota’s operations in Europe are supported by a network of 29 National Marketing and Sales Companies across 53 countries, a total of around 3,000 sales outlets, and nine manufacturing plants. In 2018, Toyota sold 1,035,430 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Europe. For more information, visit www.toyota-europe.com
TMMP owns and operates two manufacturing plants located in Lower Silesia. In addition to the production of e-CVTs for low-emission hybrid cars working with the 1.8 l engine, the plant in Wałbrzych produces 1l gasoline engines as well as manual and semi-automatic transmissions. TMMP’s annual production capacity in Walbrzych is 175,000 e-CVTs for hybrid powertrains, 285,000 engines and 633,000 transmissions.
The plant in Jelcz-Laskowice manufactures 1.5l gasoline engines.
TMMP supplies other Toyota car assembly plants managed by Toyota Motor Europe: in the Czech Republic, Great Britain, France, Turkey and Russia. Plants supplied by TMMP outside of Europe are located in South Africa and Japan.