The chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation said this week that joining California’s plan to ban gas-emitting vehicles will be “difficult” to achieve, and that battery-powered cars will take longer to implement than it does. the “mainstream media” think so.
“In realistic terms, it seems rather difficult to achieve them,” Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman Akio Toyoda told reporters Thursday through an interpreter, discussing California’s new mandates.
“But just like the fully self-driving cars we were all meant to drive now, BEVs are going to take longer to become mainstream than the media would have us believe,” Toyoda told car dealerships at the event.
Toyoda’s comments come after California’s Air Resources Board, under the state’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, passed rules that would require all new cars, pickup trucks and SUVs to be electric or hydrogen-powered. 2035.
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In August, Toyota announced it would increase its planned investment in a new battery plant in the United States from $1.29 billion to $3.8 billion, partly in response to growing consumer demand for electric vehicles. Toyota, California’s top-selling auto brand, last month recognized the state’s authority to set vehicle emissions standards under the US Clean Air Act.
“This is the most impactful action our state can take to address climate change,” Newsom said in 2020 when outlining the emissions plan. “For too many decades we have allowed cars to pollute the air our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn’t have to worry if our cars give our children asthma. Our cars shouldn’t not make wildfires worse – and create more days filled with smoky air.Cars should not melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coasts.
Toyoda, the grandson of the company’s founder, said in Wednesday’s video that “playing to win means playing with all the cards in the deck – not just a few. So that’s our strategy, and we stick to it.” let’s hold.”
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Toyoda likened the automaker to a “department store” selling a variety of vehicles to customers with different needs.
Toyoda highlighted the challenges of adopting electric vehicles, including impacts on the power grid and the lack of easy access to electricity for around 1 billion people around the world.
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This week, New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul said her state was close to adopting a plan similar to California’s, saying she had ordered a state environmental agency to propose and to finalize rules establishing increasing annual rules for zero-emission vehicles from 2026 on sales of new gasoline-only cars by 2035.
Reuters contributed to this report