Toyota Europe May Leave EV Market

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There is no point in switching to electric vehicles in order to protect the environment if the actual electricity is made in fuel-burning plants that pollutes more than the morning traffic.
And that is why Toyota won’t encourage this type of “green” solution in Europe at least, where it won’t sell EVs in the future if the infrastructure is not clean.

The automaker said recently that it could abandon the European electric car market until the electricity won’t be obtained in a carbon-emission-free way in the near future.

“We need to cooperate with the electricity providers so that what we present to the market, in its totality, is a clean solution, otherwise we’d prefer to step back,” said Toyota’s Europe Chief of Government Affairs Didier Stevens in an interview with RTCC. “We always assess a vehicle from well to wheel. If the electricity is not sourced from renewables then it makes little sense.”

The EU is currently negotiating its 2030 energy and climate policies. A suite of alternative fuel targets was recently announced, including the construction of 1 million charging stations and facilities for hydrogen and gas powered vehicles.

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