At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Gerald Killman, Toyota’s Vice President of Research & Development, has explained why this large Japanese automaker does not want to switch to electric vehicles production like other manufacturers. According to him, in this way the company seeks to … produce more green cars.
Toyota’s spokesman revealed three reasons why they don’t follow the global electric mobility trend.
Firstly, according to the research made by the company, manufacture of all-electric cars does more harm to the environment and people than of hybrids. Today Toyota is able to produce batteries for just 28,000 electric vehicles per year.
The same production capacity is enough for making 1.5 million hybrid cars. So, Toyota concluded it’d better to produce millions of hybrid vehicles than to invest in EV production.
Secondly, consumers today are more inclined to buy cars with capability to switch from battery power to a conventional fuel. Thus, motorists feel more confident and not fear to stay somewhere on the road without a chance of recharging.
And finally, third, Toyota believes that nickel-metal hydride batteries (NiMH) it uses in its vehicles are better than lithium-ion ones. They are cheaper and several times slower degrading.
The proof is that in many cities of the world taxi drivers prefer Toyota hybrid cars, and not all-electric Teslas or Nissans.
We can add that albeit Toyota is skeptical about pure electric vehicles, it has, nonetheless, its hydrogen fuel cell developments (Toyota Mirai FCEV, upper picture).