Toyota is behind in global electric vehicle race

As more governments announce their commitment to end fossil fuel vehicle sales, Toyota "risks being stranded in the electric car race."

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Toyota continues to lobby for weaker clean car standards as the automaker is slow to bring forth a global electrification strategy. In a report titled, “Exhausted: Toyota is Losing the Electrification Race as Automakers Charge Ahead,” it finds that Toyota is still committed to selling hybrids and gas powered vehicles.

As more governments announce their commitment to end fossil fuel vehicle sales, Toyota “risks being stranded in the electric car race,” according to the report from the Sierra Club.

“Toyota keeps hoping that a shiny new coat of paint will distract everyone from their car wreck of a climate policy,” Katherine García, acting director of the Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All campaign, said. “From being among the loudest supporters of Donald Trump’s most significant attack on our clean air to now lobbying President Biden to delay the electric vehicle transition, Toyota is at best the laggard of the auto industry. “

As millions of new vehicle sales will be all-electric over the next decade, Toyota is trailing its competitors. Tesla and Volkswagen sell 17 and 12 times more the number of electric vehicles than Toyota, according to the report.

Bloomberg Network (accessed between 10-20 May 2021).

While Toyota announced a new target of 70 “electrified” models by 2025, only 15 will be all-electric vehicles and the rest will be gas-powered hybrids and hydrogen vehicles.

“This isn’t good business and it certainly isn’t good policy; this is merely a company incapable of thinking about our future or what may become of their own,” García said.

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