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Toyota Warns (Again) About Electrifying All Autos. Is Anyone Listening?
pjmedia.com ^ | 3/19/2021 | bryon preston

Posted on 03/20/2021 9:54:12 AM PDT by bitt

Depending on how and when you count, Japan’s Toyota is the world’s largest automaker. According to Wheels, Toyota and Volkswagen vie for the title of the world’s largest, with each taking the crown from the other as the market moves. That’s including Volkswagen’s inherent advantage of sporting 12 brands versus Toyota’s four. Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, Bugatti, and Bentley are included in the Volkswagen brand family.

GM, America’s largest automaker, is about half Toyota’s size thanks to its 2009 bankruptcy and restructuring. Toyota is actually a major car manufacturer in the United States; in 2016 it made about 81% of the cars it sold in the U.S. right here in its nearly half a dozen American plants. If you’re driving a Tundra, RAV4, Camry, or Corolla it was probably American-made in a red state. Toyota was among the first to introduce gas-electric hybrid cars into the market, with the Prius twenty years ago. It hasn’t been afraid to change the car game.

All of this is to point out that Toyota understands both the car market and the infrastructure that supports it perhaps better than any other manufacturer on the planet. It hasn’t grown its footprint through acquisitions, as Volkswagen has, and it hasn’t undergone bankruptcy and bailout as GM has. Toyota has grown by building reliable cars for decades.

When Toyota offers an opinion on the car market, it’s probably worth listening to. This week, Toyota reiterated an opinion it has offered before. That opinion is straightforward: The world is not yet ready to support a fully electric auto fleet.

Toyota’s head of energy and environmental research Robert Wimmer testified before the Senate this week, and said: “If we are to make dramatic progress in electrification, it will require overcoming tremendous challenges, including refueling infrastructure, battery availability, consumer acceptance, .

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1 posted on 03/20/2021 9:54:12 AM PDT by bitt
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2 posted on 03/20/2021 9:54:26 AM PDT by bitt (America is the Home of the Brave, not the regime of the silenced.)
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To: bitt

It’s pretty easy to see where this is going in the US.
Subsidize electrics.
Penalize petroleums.
Hope that big wind and sleazy solar gives everybody a little juice to make it to the liquor store.


3 posted on 03/20/2021 9:57:00 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: bitt

No, people are morons. And these cars are coal fueled.


4 posted on 03/20/2021 9:58:30 AM PDT by Vision (Elections are one day. Reject "Chicago" vote harvesting. Election Reform Now. Obama is an evildoer.)
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To: bitt
Why the push for electric vehicles over petrol vehicles?

BECAUSE CUTTING EVERYONE OFF, THEREBY MAKING ONE'S ABILITY TO FREELY ROAM IMPOSSIBLE IS FAR MORE INSTANTANEOUS WITH ELECTRIC VEHICLES, THAT'S WHY!!!!!

5 posted on 03/20/2021 10:00:27 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing (Get off my back for my usage of CAPS, especially you snowflake males! MAN UP!)
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To: nascarnation
I don’t think it’s going to happen that way. In fact, I think there’s a good chance we will see surcharges added to electric bills to offset the lost fuel tax revenues from these cars.

While I agree that we aren’t ready to handle a 100% electric car fleet now, there’s no question that advances in battery storage and charging time have been made in leaps and bounds in recent years.

6 posted on 03/20/2021 10:02:32 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("And once in a night I dreamed you were there; I canceled my flight from going nowhere.")
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To: bitt

I work with several EV manufacturers & charging companies.
The ferocious speed at which they are moving is insane.

Kia, Volkswagon, BMW, Mercedes are all in for the EV technology.

Infrastructure is a problem and it has caused major issues for Tesla where waits can be up to 2 hours in some places, and then you have to charge for 2 hours if you are very low.

This is currently being corrected, but the demand is incredible.

Having leased 3 previous EV’s I think they are awesome cars and very convenient when fuel prices are through the roof or supply sucks. I just wish politicians would let the market figure this out and not try to hijack the issue.


7 posted on 03/20/2021 10:04:16 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Jesus + Something = Nothing ; Jesus + Nothing = Everything )
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To: bitt

I am looking forward to electric cars. I think it is a great concept and love the high torque, simplicity, less moving parts, lower maintenance requirements. That said...

The market is not even close to adopting EVs on a widespread basis, and government is evil to dictate EVs long before the market is ready for it. Let the market decide and quit pushing EVs down our throats. I can’t wait to buy a good one that is fun, has good range, and charges quickly. That may not happen in my lifetime and I am OK with that. When the technology catches up with the minimum requirements, and when the infrastructure is sufficiently complete — then we can have mass EVs. We are way cart before the horse here because the government is shoving it down are throats.

All to deny plants the CO2 they need to thrive.


8 posted on 03/20/2021 10:04:57 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (America -- July 4, 1776 to November 3, 2020 -- R.I.P.)
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To: Alberta's Child

From what I’ve observed, an 8 yr old battery car is worthless because it’s not economical to replace the battery pack, while an 8 year old gas car is not even to its half life yet.


9 posted on 03/20/2021 10:05:39 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: bitt

Wait a damn minute! This will not stand! Common sense applied? They should expect a strongly worded letter from the doom troll grrrrreta.


10 posted on 03/20/2021 10:06:00 AM PDT by rktman (Destroy America from within? Check! WTH? Enlisted USN 1967 to end up with this?)
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To: bitt

It’s not about the environment at all. It’s all about restricting the freedom to travel and live a free life.


11 posted on 03/20/2021 10:06:53 AM PDT by Uncle Sham
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To: bitt

Meanwhile China is buying up the world’s prime lithium deposits.


12 posted on 03/20/2021 10:07:48 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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I don’t want a car that has a 250 mile range and then I have to plug in sit there like an idiot. And guess what’s gonna happen to that range when you want to do something exotic, like use the heater for the whole trip?

And how fun would that electric car be when California spends half the year in the dark, and you have idiots like Abbott and Perry giving Texas the same treatment?
Imagine the Texas dark freeze and you also can’t use your car.


13 posted on 03/20/2021 10:08:34 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. .... )
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To: bitt

If we are serious about making the transition to EVs, we should be investing in building 20 new nuclear power plants. Minimum. But it’s going to be a bumpy road. Trump lost the election and Democrats are in control of three branches. So the debate is over.


14 posted on 03/20/2021 10:09:59 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Alberta's Child

“there’s no question that advances in battery storage and charging time have been made in leaps and bounds in recent years.”

Along with a need for ripping open huge mines for rare earths and copper to build these rolling eco-nightmares.


15 posted on 03/20/2021 10:10:40 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. .... )
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To: bitt

I can just hear some True Believer enviro-zealot screaming that “revolutionary science” will quickly overcome those “minor” obstacles....


16 posted on 03/20/2021 10:12:18 AM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy...and call it progress" )
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

“I think they are awesome cars and very convenient when fuel prices are through the roof or supply sucks.”

And I like to play the “predict the future” game. Think the suits are just going to watch us go to cheap electricity and skip gasoline and say “man, they sure outsmarted us this time, guess we will just go broke”.
No, they’ll sodomize us on electricity rates and taxes.


17 posted on 03/20/2021 10:13:29 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. .... )
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To: DesertRhino

Earth First!

(we’ll strip mine the other planets later)


18 posted on 03/20/2021 10:14:17 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation

Not completely worthless.

That 8 year old car battery will yield 800-1000 .38 caliber bullets.


19 posted on 03/20/2021 10:15:02 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. .... )
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To: Vision

Thomas Dolby should release a new song: “Coal Power.”


20 posted on 03/20/2021 10:15:15 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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