Toyota to Leave Electric Car Market?

Toyota Europe could abandon the electric car market unless electricity supplies won’t become 100 percent green in the future, the automaker announced earlier this week.
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Speaking to RTCC, Toyota Europe’s head of government affairs and environmental issues, Didier Stevens, said policy makers and utility suppliers need to find ways to decarbonize electricity.

“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. We always assess a vehicle from well to wheel. If the electricity is not sourced from renewables then it makes little sense,” Stevens said.

“We are looking with some concern at the German plan of having 1m electric vehicles on the road by 2020. If more and more of their electricity is going to come from coal, then this does not solve the problem. It just shifts the emissions to another area. This is not how it should be,” he added.

Now offering only hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicle, Toyota could introduce an electric vehicle in Europe by 2015... if all goes as planned as far as suppliers and policies are concerned.

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