The Japanese automotive giant Toyota started developing a new generation of internal combustion engines for its cars. Last year was successful for the company – 11.2 million vehicles were sold, but only 104 thousand of them were electric cars. These figures include both Toyota itself and the brands included in the concern, including Lexus. So, less than 1% of cars sold by Toyota were electric cars.
Representatives of Toyota management have come up with various interesting comments in the recent past, for example, they believe that electric cars will never reach more than 30% of the market share, despite various technological improvements. So, the remaining part will be filled by gasoline cars, hybrids and cars with hydrogen fuel cells – this is the opinion of Toyota representatives. A solution with an internal combustion engine that burns hydrogen instead of gasoline is also possible. Such solutions have been tested, but so far there are no indications of moving towards mass production.
The Japanese automaker also notes the fact that the charging infrastructure in many parts of the world is far from ready for a mass transition to electric cars. Not only is it not ready, but in many places such infrastructure does not exist at all. Toyota sells its cars all over the world, not only in wealthy Europe, North America or China, so new internal combustion engines are a fairly understandable move from them. In any case, they can be offered to customers together with their electric cars. Even though Toyota’s rhetoric is at times enigmatic, the manufacturer is determined to catch up with electric cars.