Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Toyota refuses to build electric sports cars

There will be no electric cars. At least not from Toyota's performance department Gazoo Racing, who would rather develop the combustion engine 'as far as possible'.

There will be no electric cars from Toyota's performance division Gazoo Racing.

Because although there are already markings and logos from the performance department on a number of hybrid cars – among other things in the form of the GR Sport models Corolla Cross and CH-R – the head of it all, Tomoya Takahashi, does not intend to go any further.

He tells this in an interview with Carexpert .

– We want to use internal combustion engines as much as possible, states the Japanese CEO.

READ ALSO: New figures: Danish cars are already greener than expected

Thus, Toyota is heading in the exact opposite direction to, for example, Volkswagen, where they want to kill a number of top models with a petrol engine in order to create another electric car brand instead. Read more about it here .

– With hybrid technology, we can reduce CO2 emissions, and we can also use CO2-neutral fuels. No one can see ten years into the future.

We intend to cover more roads and not just bet on electricity, says Takahashi.

Currently, Gazoo Racing is behind cars such as the GR Yaris, Corolla and Supra. Cars that either have turbo engines or nojes without them at all.

On the whole, they work from the idea that cars do not necessarily need to run on electricity by 2035 at the latest. The Japanese are developing, among other things, engines that burn hydrogen, and cars with filters that capture CO2 themselves. Read more about it here.

However, Toyota is not completely alone in the world with that point of view. Together with Subaru and Mazda, the brand has promised to throw billions of kroner into the development of the internal combustion engine.

And that may be the right way to go. Pieter Nota, who sat on BMW's board until 2023, believes that the EU will change its position on the ban on petrol and diesel cars. And that it will happen very soon. Read more about it here .

Read more exciting news from and about the world of motorsport right here!


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