Instead of generals, Toyota still insists: ‘The future must go multi-directional, not all about electric cars’

Instead of generals, Toyota still affirmed: 'The future must go in many directions, not all about electric cars - Photo 1.

Toyota is slow to develop electric cars – Photo: Automotive News

Toyota used to be a brand that strongly promoted electrification technology thanks to hybrid vehicles. But now, as all the other automakers are racing towards an electric-centric future, like Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, the Japanese brand has proved extremely slow in its development. and sales of pure electric vehicles.

This is believed to be one of the reasons why Akio Toyoda, the grandson of the company’s founder, will step down in April.

But even as Toyota moves to develop its first electric vehicle platform, it still isn’t fully focused on the all-electric lineup.

Instead of generals, Toyota still affirmed: 'The future must go multi-directional, cannot be reduced to electric cars - Photo 2.

Toyota has announced a lineup of electric cars expected to appear in the future, but not really interested – Photo: Toyota

Recently, the company also announced that it has data showing that the market transition to 100% electric vehicles is both bad for users and bad for the environment.

Toyota chief science officer Gill Pratt said the path to a sustainable future is through a multi-pronged approach that combines electric vehicles with hybrids and other green technologies, not a total commitment to cars. battery powered car.

“Time will show that our position is correct,” he said. One way or another, there will be different types of powertrains in use around the world.”

Accordingly, it wants about 5.5 million internal combustion engine and plug-in hybrid cars each year from 2030, as well as 3.5 million electric vehicles, including 1 million Lexus-branded vehicles.

Instead of generals, Toyota still asserts: 'The future must go multi-directional, not all about electric cars - Photo 3.

Lithium batteries in electric cars – Photo: Telegraph

Toyota is not against electric vehicles, but thinks there will be diversity because lithium is a limited resource, making it difficult to turn every car on the market into an electric vehicle. Toyota predicts the market will soon run out of lithium as every automaker ramps up production of electric vehicles (and every car uses lithium-ion batteries at the moment).

Instead, the same lithium reserves could help manufacturers make a much larger number of hybrid vehicles, and thereby also significantly reduce emissions.

Instead of generals, Toyota still affirmed: 'The future must go in many directions, not all about electric cars - Photo 4.

So far, Toyota has only widely sold one electric car model, the bZ4X, but its quality is not commensurate with its reputation – Photo: Toyota

For example, 100 cars with engines that emit 250g of CO2 per kilometer. If one of the above 100 cars is converted to an electric vehicle, the remaining 99 will still emit 248.5g of CO2 every kilometer of the way. However, the same amount of lithium makes an electric vehicle usable for 90 traditional hybrids, bringing the average total emissions to 205g per km.

In addition, the Toyota leader continued to reaffirm their previous concern that the public charging infrastructure and electric grid are still not fully developed to accommodate a large number of electric vehicles. suddenly exploded. Therefore, a gradual change to other alternative energy vehicles is still a more practical solution, according to Toyota.

By page Automotive NewsGill Pratt’s skepticism about the development of electric vehicles stemmed in part from his own unsatisfactory experience with the Tesla Model X.

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While many people assume that owning an electric car costs less to recharge than driving a petrol car, another study suggests the opposite, at least in the mid-range price segment.

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