Toyota is looking forward to a future where no vehicles in its lineup are powered by just a standard gasoline engine.
As one of the first automakers to invest heavily into hybrid technology with the introduction of the Prius nearly 20 years ago, Toyota is now moving forward with its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle with the Mirai. By 2050, Toyota aims to sell hardly any regular gasoline vehicles, if at all, filling its lineup with just hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. That means within 35 years, Toyota will reduce average emissions from its entire lineup by 90 percent compared to 2010 levels.
Interestingly enough, Toyota said that electric cars aren’t part of its vision, a contrast from competitors like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt.
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The Japanese automaker currently projects that it will sell more than 30,000 fuel cell vehicles by 2020, which is 10 times its projected figure for 2017. Hybrid vehicle sales will reach the 1.5-million annual mark with Toyota aiming to sell 15-million hybrids by 2020 – that’s nearly twice as many as what’s sold so far globally.
As for why it’s avoiding electric vehicles, Toyota believes they take too long to recharge.
The company’s announcement comes during a time that diesel engines are under scrutiny after Volkswagen admitted to cheating on EPA diesel emissions tests.
[Source: Associated Press]
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