not sure about podcasts - but an "interview" with Toyota top management was out couple weeks back.as i watch this...... im dumb founded why no entity pro or con electric propulsion.... makes a podcast or mainstream report on why toyota is not in the ev market.
The only reason Toyota is not a player in EV's is because they were wrong about what the customer wants.Toyota has been VERY VOCAL and SKEPTICAL of pure EV cars as the solution.
Given the amount of resources and costs that go into pure EVs, Toyota has been very critical of the recourse use and has been quick to point out that Hybrids, using ICE engines + an electric assist and a modest battery and be made MUCH less expensive than a PURE EV, making them far more affordable and able to reach a much larger customer base. Further, the single battery in a PURE EV is about as large as the batteries in 30 Hybrid vehicles. The math on all this is pretty simple, Hybrids for the masses would dramatically reduce the "carbon footprint" of tens of millions of drivers while PURE EVs can only reduce the carbon footprint of a few hundred thousand drivers over the same timespan.
Is Toyota a God or something? Since when can they speak for an entire sector?not sure about podcasts - but an "interview" with Toyota top management was out couple weeks back.
and they said it in plain blunt words: the current battery technology is not suitable for the 'whole' sector - and they would not get involved in an unripe technology that cannot meet the needs of the consumer.
also interesting to note, Toyota has been one of the bigger researchers/developers of the solid state battery. double the energy, fully recharge in ten minutes. there's still some technical issues . . .
Toyota is looking at the global market. Gas cars will overwhelmingly dominate sales in India, most of Asia, South America, Africa and Central America for at least the next 20 years. Westernized nations are mandating the change to EV, but customers still prefer gasoline powered vehicles over EVs by a very wide margin. Even in the politically insane US, EVs are just a fraction of the total vehicles sold, they are sitting on dealer lots unsold, they are even getting discounted, below market financing, etc.The only reason Toyota is not a player in EV's is because they were wrong about what the customer wants.