Friday, May 24, 2024

Toyota: There are not enough raw materials to build only electric cars

There are not enough raw materials for the car industry to only build electric cars, says the warning from Gill Pratt, head of Toyota's research department.

There are not enough raw materials in this world.

In any case, there is not enough at all for the world to rely on the car industry only building electric cars in the future.

So clear is the announcement from Gill Pratt, who is in charge of Toyota's research department. The warning came in connection with a fashion for the world's seven largest economies – the so-called G7 countries – in Japan in May 2023.

– Materials for batteries and renewable charging infrastructure will eventually be widely available.

READ ALSO: 6 out of 10: Ok that electric cars can't cover more than 500 kilometers

– But it will take decades to scale up the minerals (for the batteries, ed.) and the infrastructure, says Gill Pratt to Bloomberg .

In other words, the head of research believes, like his employer, that the transition – if it comes – to electric cars will take a long time. Also longer than many might think.

For the same reason, Toyota believes that it makes much better sense to bet on several technologies rather than unilaterally focusing only on electric cars.

Conversely, Toyota has also not had much success with their bid for electric cars. Neither when it comes to the one that runs on hydrogen, or the BZ4X that needs to be connected to a socket.

The Mirai hydrogen car will suffer because the fuel options are disappearing faster and faster. Here at home, the last hydrogen stations closed last year. And in the US, angry Mirai owners are now suing Toyota. Read more about it here.

The BZ4X, on the other hand, has been given a hard time in the press for generally not being a particularly good car. The battery, in particular, Toyota has taken a huge hit on. And now the Danish importer is trying to empty out the stocks by offering financing at 0 percent interest and installing a charging stand.

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