Whenever we talk about air pollution, carbon emission from fossil fuel-powered vehicles is the most commonly cited example. In the US, sales of hybrids and electric vehicles are slowly but surely picking up as people are increasingly becoming aware of the huge environmental impact of gas-guzzling vehicles.
Taking a step in the right direction, Japanese automaker Toyota Motors is planning to offer an electrified option for every model in the Toyota and Lexus line-up by 2025. This includes hybrids, plug-in hybrids, full electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
“We are working on an entire portfolio of hybrids which we have been selling since 1997, plug-in hybrids, full battery electric vehicles as well as our fuel cell vehicles,” Bob Carter, executive vice president of sales for Toyota Motor North America, said in a recent interview. “Those vehicles represent about 9 percent of our sales in 2018. We have set a goal that it will be 15 percent of our sales next year in 2020.”
Toyota’s ambitions are a major shift away from traditional fossil fuel-powered vehicles—and that commitment should be commended. However, instead of pouring its resources into purely electric cars—à la Elon Musk’s Tesla—Toyota is focusing more on gas-electric vehicles.