Toyota originally explained its reluctance to produce electric carsMarch 14, 2019
Despite the fact that almost all global automakers are involved in the race for the production of electric cars, Toyota ignores this competition. And that’s why.
At the Geneva Motor Show 2019 Gerald Killmann, vice president of the European sector, Toyota explained why the largest Japanese automaker does not want to follow the trend for the production of electric vehicles. According to him, in this way the company seeks to … produce more “green” cars.
At first glance, such a comment contradicts logic. However, as you know, the Japanese are people from another planet, and their actions are not always obvious motivation.
It turns out that the automaker believes that, firstly, the release of all-electric cars brings less benefit to the environment and man than the production of hybrids. According to Killman, at the moment the company is able to produce batteries for only 28,000 electric vehicles per year. But, the same production capacity is enough for the production of 1.5 million hybrid cars.
According to the research of the corporation, the sale of 1.5 million hybrids is able to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere by a third more than the sale of only 28,000 electric cars. And it means that it is better to produce millions of hybrids than to invest funds and time in the production of electric cars.
Secondly, according to the leadership of Toyota, today consumers are more inclined to buy cars that have the ability to switch from battery power to traditional fuel. So motorists feel more confident, because they are not afraid to stay somewhere on the highway without the possibility of recharging with electricity.
And finally, third, Toyota believes that nickel-metal hydride batteries (NiMH) used in its cars are better than lithium-ion batteries. The first is that they are cheaper, the second is several times slower degrading. The proof is that in many cities of the world taxi drivers prefer to work on Toyota hybrid cars, and not on all-electric Tesla and Nissans.
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