Toyota Considers Ditching Plug-In Vehicle Efforts in Europe if Electricity Supply Isn’t Cleaned Up There Soon

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 8

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Clean up the grid or we’ll stop selling plug-in vehicles.

The Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid May No Longer Be Sold In Europe if the Continent Can't Clean Up its Electrical Act

The Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid May No Longer Be Sold In Europe if the Continent Can’t Clean Up its Electrical Act

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.

Source: RTCC

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8 responses to "Toyota Considers Ditching Plug-In Vehicle Efforts in Europe if Electricity Supply Isn’t Cleaned Up There Soon"

  1. He makes no sense and is simply attempting to introduce a red herring.

    “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.”

    Step back from what? The only plug in vehicle they sell in Europe is the plug in Prius which with 10 miles of electric range is barely a plug in vehicle to begin with. It’s not like they have a line of planned future electric vehicles that they can scrap.

    “We always assess a vehicle from well to wheel. If the electricity is not sourced from renewables, then it makes little sense.”

    Really? So if an EV isn’t completely 100% zero emission that it’s better to just burn oil? I think you need to reevaluate your assessments there chief.

    “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”.

    Germany is one of the world leaders in renewable energy. The percentage of electricity produced from renewable energy in Germany has increased from 6.3% in 2000 to about 25% now. So 25% of all German electricity comes from a zero emission source and it’s only getting cleaner.

    1. Anderlan says:

      Dittos. All or nothing thinking. Rejection of dramatic improvement for lack of perfection. Definitely an excuse for their glaring absence from the BEV market.

      1. kdawg says:

        HAHA.. how transparent! Give up the act Toyota. I think they care much more about making $ than about saving the environment. They need to just admit no one is buying what they are selling.

  2. David Murray says:

    Toyota is just looking for an excuse because they can’t be competitive.

  3. Suprise Cat says:

    Norway, Iceland, Sweden, France, Switzerland have already 80%+ emission free electricity supply.

  4. Priusmaniac says:

    Dumb plug-in Prius, dumber Toyota Europe …

  5. Priusmaniac says:

    They fall short of providing a decent EV range plug-in Prius, so they baffle at someone else as an excuse.
    Why don’t they go back to the drawing board and make a Plug-in Prius with 50 EV miles minimum and decent capability in EV mode?

  6. Surya says:

    Belgium has more than 50% nuclear and some renewables, so it’s pretty clean, even if you don’t like nuclear. Much cleaner than the USA, I recon.

    France has more than 70% nuclear and some big hydro to top it off

    And as said, some Scandinavian countries are doing amazing

    Toyota is full of bs, and if they don’t change, they will never sell a car to me.