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Toyota President Akio Toyoda Said "Motorist Choice Is The Future, The enemy is carbon, not internal combustion engines"; Motorist-Choice Has Been The TACH Position For 25 Years!

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OKAYAMA, Japan - November 13, 2021: Bloomberg reported that Akio Toyoda, the president of the world’s biggest car manufacturing Toyota, spent the weekend swerving around a racetrack in western Japan in a Corolla.

But it’s no ordinary version of the bestselling car. Toyoda drove a version specially equipped with Toyota’s new in-house hydrogen engine, which propels the vehicle by burning the fuel much like traditional engines use petrol or diesel.

Alongside Mazda, Toyota showcased vehicles running on carbon-neutral propellants in a three-hour road race in Okayama.

Toyota’s hydrogen-powered car underscores the company’s belief that a wide variety of vehicle types – including hybrids, hydrogen-powered cars and electrics (EVs) – will play a role in decarbonising its fleet over the coming decades. That puts the company at odds with others, such as General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo, which say they’ll sell only EVs two decades from now.

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“The enemy is carbon, not internal combustion engines,” Toyoda said on Saturday. “We need diverse solutions – that’s the path toward challenging carbon neutrality.”

Toyota says that different emissions-reducing car technologies are needed for different regions of the world. EVs are a good option for places like Europe, where batteries can be charged with electricity derived largely from renewable sources, it says. Other options, such as hydrogen or hybrids, may be a better fit in other regions.

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The technology is separate from the company’s other big bet on hydrogen – hydrogen fuel cells such as those that power the Mirai passenger car. While fuel cells use the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity, which in turn runs a motor, the hydrogen engine burns the element just like petrol or diesel.

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  • Traditional engines only need to be tweaked in minor ways, such as changing out the fuel supply and injection systems, to make them capable of running on hydrogen, Toyota’s chief engineer Naoyuki Sakamoto said last month.

  • Akio Toyoda, CEO of Toyota Motors was the first to raise concerns about the problems of betting everything on electric cars
  • Akio Toyoda, CEO of Toyota Motors was the first to raise concerns about the problems of betting everything on electric cars
  • Those comments from the most important person in the world?s largest automaker received strong criticism, especially from environmental sectors, who accused Toyoda of worrying only about their numbers not dropping and of take care of your company over global interests those affected by the automotive industry.
  • But Toyoda is not the only one who thinks something like that. In an interview with Automotive News Europe, the BMW Development Manager Frank Weber, said the transition to electric vehicles will not happen overnight. And what’s up several questions to be answered yet: “When will the system be ready to absorb all those battery electric vehicles? This is about renewable electric power generation and infrastructure. Are the people ready? Is the system ready? Is the charging infrastructure ready? “.
  • Hydrogen Future? Toyota, Shell Among Giants Betting $10.7 Billion on Hydrogen - Toyota and four of its biggest car-making peers are joining oil and gas giants including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA with plans to invest a combined 10 billion euros ($10.7 billion) in hydrogen-related products within five years.

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