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Toyota exec: Not everyone should drive a battery electric vehicle

By Reuters

<div> <p>By Paul Lienert</p> <p> -Many people are passionate about climate change, but not everybody should drive a battery electric vehicle as a means to combat climate change, Toyota Motor Corp Chief Scientist Gill Pratt said on Thursday at the Reuters Events Automotive Summit.</p> <p>Pratt’s comments, during a discussion on electric vehicles, appeared to amplify remarks made over the past year by Toyota President Akio Toyoda.</p> <p>Toyoda and other company officials have said that electric vehicles will play a greater role in reducing emissions, but other solutions should be used, Toyota’s gasoline-electric hybrid models or hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles. [nL4N2MX23C]</p> <p>At Thursday’s conference, Pratt said Toyota believes in “diversity of drivetrains” to give customers different tools to reduce CO2.</p> <p>“It’s not for us to predict which solution is the best or say only this will work,” he said.</p> <p>Government incentives should be aimed at reducing carbon emissions, not picking which car technology is the best way to achieve those goals, Pratt added, in a reference to proposed bans on internal combustion engine (<span class="caps">ICE</span>) vehicles, including hybrids, as a means of achieving carbon neutrality.</p> <p>Toyota was among major automakers that supported the Trump administration in its attempt to bar California from setting its own zero-emission requirements, but the company dropped that support earlier this year.</p> <p>Toyota has said it plans to invest $13.5 billion through 2030 on EV batteries, but so far its plans to roll out new battery electric vehicles (<span class="caps">BEV</span>s) seem relatively modest compared with those of U.S. automakers General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co, which are spending around $30 billion each through 2025 to electrify more of their vehicle lines.</p> <p>Toyota executives continue to tout the merits of the company’s hybrid vehicles, which have been on the market for more than 20 years.</p> </div>