Toyota will in the end introduce its first mass-market all-electric cars in the United States later this year, the world’s leading automaker announced Wednesday, despite the fact that it presented no additional information about automobile sort or pricing.
Toyota has prior to now stated it’s growing an electrical SUV on a new flexible platform that can power multiple EVs, following in the footsteps of Volkswagen, General Motors, and others. The two new EVs will be introduced along an unspecified Toyota hybrid.
“We proceed to be leaders in electrification that started with our pioneering advent of the Prius just about 25 years in the past,” Bob Carter, Toyota North America’s govt vice chairman of gross sales, stated in a commentary. “Toyota’s new electrified product choices will give shoppers more than one alternatives of powertrain that most nearly fits their wishes.”
Toyota helped pioneer and popularize hybrid cars, which lean on electrical motors to chop down on emissions and build up gas economic system. But in contrast to maximum different primary automakers, it has resisted making an investment in totally electrical cars outside of China. It’s handiest ever offered one all-electric automobile in the US: the Rav4 EV. It existed in a couple of other paperwork, despite the fact that Toyota only ever made and sold a few thousand of them.
In its announcement, Toyota touted the luck of its hybrid fashions, but it surely as soon as once more leaned on a flimsy argument as to why it’s resisted all-electric cars. The corporate says it did inner analysis that discovered general greenhouse gasoline emissions of all-electric and hybrid cars to be “more or less the identical … when factoring in pollution created by way of electrical energy manufacturing for the moderate US power grid used to price batteries.”
It’s a debatable idea taken at face value, however this argument crucially ignores that all-electric cars handiest get cleaner as renewable power makes up extra of the grid.
Still, it’s a well-liked line of pondering at Toyota; the corporate’s personal billionaire CEO, Akio Toyoda, stated in December that he believes electric vehicles are overhyped in section as a result of energy plant emissions — a commentary that should had been track to the oil trade’s ears because it’s been one of its favorite pieces of misinformation.