The gasoline-electric hybrid HEV and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle FCV that Toyota has devoted to research for decades have even been skipped directly in the current era of vehicle electrification, and have not been widely promoted and applied. This may also be the reason why Toyota is unwilling to directly transform into the electrification era. For this reason, Akio Toyoda, the head of Toyota, has expressed doubts about electric vehicles more than once.
Recently, Akio Toyoda once again questioned pure electric vehicles. He said that “electric vehicles are not the only way to achieve the world’s carbon neutral goal.”
Akio Toyoda believes that consumers and automakers are also skeptical that electric vehicles will completely achieve the world’s carbon neutrality, but they are unwilling to express their views publicly. They just think this is a trend, so they dare not speak out.
Toyoda continued to call for increased energy diversity in future cars, promoting the potential role of hydrogen and biofuels.
In addition, Akio Toyoda also said that Toyota Motor Corporation should be a company that provides abundant powertrains. If customers only buy products with a single power source, the value of car companies will be reduced. Akio Toyoda also expressed concern about whether the basic charging facilities can meet the needs of large-scale use of electric vehicles around the world.
Previously, Akio Toyoda had publicly stated in Japan that he was dissatisfied with the “electric vehicle revolution” that is currently emerging.
He said that pure electric vehicles will actually bring more pollution because in some places, electricity is mainly supplied by burning coal and natural gas. A lot of businesses will die, and a lot of investment money will go down the drain. He finally warned that if the government decides to end fuel vehicles so early, our current business model will collapse.