MAZDA, Denso and Toyota have partnered up to jointly develop basic structural technologies for electric vehicles (EVs).
Mazda, Denso and Toyota have partnered up to jointly develop basic structural technologies for electric vehicles (EVs).
As part of the contract, the three Japanese brands will also set up a new company to make sure the developments are efficiently implemented.
A joint statement from the three manufacturers points to “increasingly stringent policies” designed to tackle greenhouse gases and “new regulations that mandate a certain proportion of EV sales” as being one of the driving forces behind the partnership.
The statement read: “Complying with these regulations, while ensuring the sustainable growth of our companies, requires the development of a wide range of powertrains and technologies.
“We regard EVs as a key technological field in this process, alongside fuel cell vehicles.
“With EVs yet to find widespread market acceptance, the huge investments and time required to cover all markets and vehicle segments is a pressing issue for individual auto manufacturers when responding to the widely varying demand for vehicles around the world.”
The EV structural technologies developed by Mazda, Denso and Toyota will be capable of covering a wide range of vehicle segments, including SUVs, light trucks and passenger vehicles.
The new company will combine the strengths of each manufacturer, including Mazda’s bundled product planning and computer modelling-based development, Denso’s electronics technologies, and the Toyota New Global Architecture platform.