Toyota will announce a new heat engine development program, emphasizing its own and President Akio Toyoda’s view that battery electric cars are not the only solution to the war on emissions.
There are not a few times that Toyota has received the arrows of many regarding it her late entry to people her electric mobility. Equally well known is the belief of the Japanese company that BEVs are not the only solution to the ‘war’ on emissions, since other technologies, such as hybrid, can contribute to this specific goal. Like hydrogen.
A few 24 hours ago, its President returned to the topic of the role that thermal engines are called to play in the future of motoring (and Toyota, in particular). Akio Toyota. In fact, the once powerful man of the world’s No. 1 selling independent automaker announced that the Japanese manufacturer is not going to give up heat engines without a fight. Rather, in the near future will develop them furthercombined with the simultaneous utilization of hydrogen technology.
“Believing that battery electric vehicles do not represent the only way to achieve carbon neutrality, we have been working on hydrogen engine initiatives for three years. Last year, we tested liquid hydrogen and entered such a vehicle at Le Mans.”
Referring to the crucial question of “how the shift to electrification affects society due to impending job losses”, Akio Toyoda said:
“Many of our 5.5 million colleagues at Toyota they manufacture engine parts today. These people support Japan and have the skills to make tomorrow’s Japan strong. We must never lose these people.
“However, it seems that there are cases where people associated with engine production cannot borrow money from the bank these days. This shouldn’t happen, and I want to do something about it.
“Therefore, I made a specific request to Toyota.
“Engines can still play an important role as a practical means of achieving carbon neutrality. So, let’s improve engine technology. Let’s start doing them.”
What exactly is Toyota going to do in order to extends the life of heat engines and yes protect its employees?
“President Koji Sato and other members of the management agreed to my proposal and one project to re-promote engine development started at Toyota.
“Motives in this day and age? It might sound like we’re going backwards, but that’s not the case at all. This is necessary to move forward.
“To all who have been building engines up until now, keep doing it! I will never let all the work you have done so far go to waste!
“However, Toyota is a large company, so it may take much longer. I ask you to wait for it.”
Concluding his reasoning, Akio Toyoda added the following:
“Like me, a lot of people say, ‘I love engines!’ and “Their sounds and smells are irresistible!” Some people like battery powered EVs. Some say now is the time for hybrids. And then there are plug-in hybrid vehicles and hydrogen.
“The driving force could be anything! The only enemy is carbon dioxide!”
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Toyota: Yes to thermals, but also a full attack on electrics
While continuing to evolve internal combustion engines, Toyota is (finally) embracing electric mobility. As already announced, 10 new EVs are expected to join its product range by the end of 2026. Among them, an urban EV, but also a 2-seat sports electric model.
At the same time, the company is taking important steps in sector of batteries. And especially to those concerning solid electrolyte energy accumulators (you can read more by clicking here: Three new liquid electrolyte batteries from Toyota and a revolution in solid state).