Toyota Considers Ditching Plug-In Vehicle Efforts in Europe if Electricity Supply Isn’t Cleaned Up There Soon
Clean up the grid or we’ll stop selling plug-in vehicles.
That’s the sort of statement that Toyota of Europe is making now as it eyes exiting the plug-in vehicle market in Europe unless it’s believed that electricity will come from cleaner sources there in the near future.
Didier Stevens, Toyota of Europe’s head of government affairs and environmental issues, had this to say to RTCC:
“We need to cooperate with the electricity providers so that what we present to the market, in its totality, is a clean solution, otherwise we’d prefer to step back.”
“We always assess a vehicle from well to wheel. If the electricity is not sourced from renewables, then it makes little sense.”
“We are looking with some concern at the German plan of having 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020. If more and more of their electricity is going to come from coal, then this does not solve the problem. It just shifts the emissions to another area. This is not how it should be.”
Currently, Toyota’s only plug-in offering available in Europe is the Prius Plug-In Hybrid. However, the automaker hope to add a pure electric vehicle to its European lineup in 2015. That might not happen now if European electricity remains dirty, says Toyota.
Toyota’s comments came shortly after the UK parliament failed to add guidelines for cleaning up the electrical supply in its latest energy bill.