As a staunch defender of hybrid powertrains, will Toyota be able to make the transition in time? The world's number one automotive company, a pioneer in internal combustion vehicles with small self-charging batteries, has been the target of harsh criticism over its failure to bring to market fully electric vehicles that meet the CO2 reduction requirements of some states, particularly in Europe. The countdown is on on the Old Continent: in 2035, neither Toyota nor its competitors will be able to sell new combustion or even hybrid cars. It was a heartbreak for the Japanese manufacturer's management.
But there is no question of giving in to the siren call of 100% electric. Leaders hammer home the "multipath" philosophy to reduce the carbon footprint. The Japanese automaker argues that the high price of electric vehicles and the lack of charging stations justify taking its time. That's why, at Toyota...
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