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Toyota Puts the Brakes on Electric Vehicles, But Not Just for the Reasons the Verge Says
PJ Media ^ | 07/27/2021 | Bryan Preston

Posted on 07/28/2021 8:33:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The Verge reports that Toyota, the world’s largest carmaker, is working behind the scenes to stall any federal mandates that would ban gas-burning cars.

According to The New York Times, a top Toyota executive has met with congressional leaders behind closed doors in recent weeks to advocate against the Biden administration’s plans to spend billions of dollars to incentivize the shift to EVs. The executive, Chris Reynolds, has argued that hybrids, like the Toyota Prius, as well as hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles should also be in the mix.

In addition, Toyota is also pushing back against EV-friendly policy through the auto industry’s main DC-based lobbying group, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation. The group, which represents the major car companies and their suppliers and is chaired by Reynolds, has been arguing against the Biden administration’s plan to adopt the so-called California compromise as its official position, the Times reports.

Anything coming out of California is not a compromise, but let’s leave that aside for now.

The Verge reports that Toyota has lagged behind other carmakers on full battery-powered EV and that’s behind its lobbying to go slow on the full switch. That doesn’t really wash. Toyota has been an early adopter on hybrids and the bottom line is that the Japanese carmaker knows how to make a buck making cars. They make more than anyone else and they tend to make cars and trucks that are among the most reliable. Toyota is largely agnostic on what kinds of cars it has to make, it makes what it knows will sell — and cars that it knows can be powered to do what buyers want them to do.

This is the part that the Verge leaves out. It’s no secret that Toyota has cautioned the whole world on shifting to EVs.

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HERE's THE REAL REASON AND IT HAS TO DO WITH BUSINESS:

Toyota has run the numbers and doesn’t think the power grids are ready to handle electrifying billions of cars. Elon Musk, the world’s most prolific EV maker, issued the same warning: We’re going to need a lot more electric power generation before we can go electric with our cars and trucks.


1 posted on 07/28/2021 8:33:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The answer is obvious and controversial: more natural gas and more nuclear power. But if you just listen to the likes of AOC and her cohorts, you may be inclined to think windmills and solar panels are the answer. They’re not.

China is fast cornering the market on rare earth metals and lithium, two major ingredients in so-called renewable energy. That’s a security issue, among others. And neither wind nor solar is ready to power billions of cars a few years from now. Not even close.


2 posted on 07/28/2021 8:35:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Red Badger

Ping.


3 posted on 07/28/2021 8:38:10 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who needs to run the numbers, brown outs are occurring now.

And on another happy note, Gov. Brown(C) OR, gleefully signed into law more restrictions on electrical production.


4 posted on 07/28/2021 8:42:44 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: SeekAndFind

Toyota being rational.

Heck, if an average guy like me can see this, any car manufacturer that can’t deserves to fail.


5 posted on 07/28/2021 8:42:51 AM PDT by brownsfan (Term limits! Without term limits, we are doomed.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Agreed. It seems crazy to me that a company like GM seems to be going “all in” with EVs. The whole thing still isn’t ready for prime time.

1. Infrastructure isn’t there. The grid in California, for example, can barely handle air-conditioning spikes in the summer. Adding 8 million EVs into that mix over the next decade is a good idea? Seriously? If you think that pencils out, you’re likely sampling some of of CA’s recreational cannabis.

2. Range just isn’t there. I fairly regularly drive my gasoline-powered cars ~600 miles with one 5-minute gas (and restroom) break. Good luck doing that with an EV anytime soon. I have friends who have done the Bay Area-to-Southern California ~450-mile run in EVs and they describe lengthy, multi-hour breaks for recharging on I-5 or US-101. Fun.


6 posted on 07/28/2021 8:43:53 AM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: SeekAndFind

Do whatever you want. I’m buying a giant V8 to drive for the rest of my life


7 posted on 07/28/2021 8:45:31 AM PDT by NWFree (Somebody has to say it)
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To: SeekAndFind

Definitely. The power grids cannot handle the projected load. There are not enough power stations. There is not enough power.

And when they eliminate oil/coal/natural gas for generating electricity, and go to solar and wind power, there will be much less power available. It will be a disaster!


8 posted on 07/28/2021 8:46:12 AM PDT by I want the USA back (To find out who really rules you, find out who you're not allowed to criticize. Voltaire. )
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To: I want the USA back; irishjuggler

RE: The power grids cannot handle the projected load. There are not enough power stations. There is not enough power.

One answer is obvious and controversial: more natural gas and more nuclear power. But if you just listen to the likes of AOC and her cohorts, you may be inclined to think windmills and solar panels are the answer. They’re not.

China is fast cornering the market on rare earth metals and lithium, two major ingredients in so-called renewable energy. That’s a security issue, among others. And neither wind nor solar is ready to power billions of cars a few years from now. Not even close.


9 posted on 07/28/2021 8:47:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil.

If you compromise with stupidity, you just get more stupid....................


10 posted on 07/28/2021 8:48:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Homeless veterans camp in the streets while illegal aliens are put up in hotels.....................)
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To: NWFree

You won’t be able to drive it.
They won’t allow it on the roads and you won’t be able to buy gasoline for it anyway....................


11 posted on 07/28/2021 8:49:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (Homeless veterans camp in the streets while illegal aliens are put up in hotels.....................)
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To: SeekAndFind
Think of each EV has having a miniature coal fired power plant on board.
12 posted on 07/28/2021 8:50:40 AM PDT by AU72
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To: AU72

Leftists tell us that electricity grows on trees and it’s free...so let’s force Toyota to make ONLY EV cars & trucks.

Just follow the science...right?


13 posted on 07/28/2021 8:54:56 AM PDT by newfreep (“Leftism, under all of its brand names, is a severe, violent & evil mental disorder.”)
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To: SeekAndFind

You know what is really hard to find? A household with ONLY electric cars. EV owners know better than to try that.


14 posted on 07/28/2021 8:56:19 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods ( comment might be sarcasm, or not. It depends. Often I'm not sure either.)
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To: irishjuggler
I have friends who have done the Bay Area-to-Southern California ~450-mile run in EVs and they describe lengthy, multi-hour breaks for recharging on I-5 or US-101. Fun.

Not to mention the fact that if your route happens to take you near Skinwalker Ranch, you could find your previously full battery suddenly drained in an instant.

15 posted on 07/28/2021 8:58:58 AM PDT by noiseman (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: I want the USA back

And “...when they eliminate oil/coal/natural gas for generating electricity, and go to solar and wind power..”, we’ll all be back in the 1700s.


16 posted on 07/28/2021 9:01:12 AM PDT by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit..)
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To: SaxxonWoods

Great point. Playthings for the rich who can afford multiple vehicles. A third (or 4th) vehicle for commuting on days that aren’t too hot/cold etc.


17 posted on 07/28/2021 9:07:42 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: noiseman

Dude, Skinwalker ranch is in north eastern Utah.


18 posted on 07/28/2021 9:11:35 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: SeekAndFind

Toyota has announced that they will not make any further campaign contributions to any American politician who publicly questions the validity of the 2020 US presidential election.

So regardless whether it’s powered by electrons or dead dinosaurs, every penny you spend on a Toyota automobile is a contribution to the demoncrat party.


19 posted on 07/28/2021 9:13:58 AM PDT by Paal Gulli
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t you think that’s the plan? IF you can get a charge - you can still only travel a couple hundred miles(as long as you go slow).

Mobility gives you too much freedom. Your only option will be the rails, airlines or bus, but you won’t be able to use those options unless your papers are in order.


20 posted on 07/28/2021 9:22:25 AM PDT by CTyank
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