Toyota Is Losing the Electric Car Race, So It Pretends Hybrids Are Better
vendredi 15 mars 2019, 02:30 , par Slashdot
Last week, at the Geneva Auto Show, a Toyota executive provided a curious explanation for the company's refusal to launch a single battery electric vehicle. As Car and Driver reported, Toyota claims that it is limited by battery production capacity and that 'Toyota is able to produce enough batteries for 28,000 electric vehicles each year -- or for 1.5 million hybrid cars.' In other words, because Toyota has neglected to invest in battery production, it can only produce enough batteries for a trivial number of all-electric vehicles. Due to this self-inflicted capacity shortage, the company is forced to choose between manufacturing 1.5 million hybrids or 28,000 electric cars. Using what Car and Driver called 'fuzzy math,' the company tried to justify the strategy to forgo electric vehicles (EVs) on environmental grounds. As Toyota explained it, 'selling 1.5 million hybrid cars reduces carbon emissions by a third more than selling 28,000 EVs.' As for the 'fuzzy math,' Toyota's calculation 'seems to assume that for every hybrid sold, a fully gasoline-powered car would be taken off the road,' writes Jervey. 'In reality, many Toyota hybrid buyers are replacing a Toyota hybrid. And, based on Toyota's own revelation that they are losing Prius drivers to Tesla, it stands to reason that many Toyota hybrid drivers would jump at the opportunity to transition to an all-electric Toyota.'
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