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I agree that software and Toyota in the same sentence makes me cringe. Nevertheless, glad they are throwing 1B at it. At the very least, it will train people in this field who can later go work in this area at another company that might actually make progress.
Wonder if this includes miles driven by taxi services? More young people and people living in a large city are opting to not buy a car, but still take taxis.
maybe this link will be easier to click on ...
This is encouraging. Play at 2x speed so that it only takes 35 mins to get through. Pour yourself a glass of wine or beer and enjoy. Tony Skiba on the disruptive nature of clean energy and EVs.
Since they are way off on their assumptions about the transition to EVs, the conclusions of this article are worthless. I'm estimating that they won't get it right until ~2023 to 2025.
The worst car I ever owned was a Cadillac Catera. But your point is that their high end luxury brand should electrify first, which is Tesla's strategy as well. We shall see if GM screws it up. My opinion is that they won't be the worst, but they will be late to the game and they will cut corners in reliability.
@Lad - exactly! Agree 100%
I don't see biofuel as a sustainable long term solution, so I'm not disappointed to see the EPA's enthusiasm for biofuels wane. In 50 yrs, I hope that tailpipes will be a rare sight.
When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail. However, I think it is good that research continues, because I don't think annual sales of contraptions using ICE engines will go below 1% of what they are today until at least 10 to 15 yrs from now at best.
Yawn. This should become irrelevant in 10 yrs. Nothing to see here. Keep moving.
The world is moving toward clean energy. In 100 yrs, our energy generation will be fine. In geological time frames, 100 yrs is nothing. It would be ironic if we miss the tipping point by a mere 100 yrs and doom us all. Let us hope we haven't just missed it by 100 yrs. Remember the opposite as well - what if we were to have 5000 ft tall glaciers occupying all of canada down to Iowa for 1,000,000 yrs. That would be hard to deal with too.
Germany still has a lot of coal generated electricity. They are stuck for the moment.
2030? They won't be around in 2030.
Too cool I must say. We are learning so much these days. Hopefully it is in time to save us from ourselves.
Yes, this is about their manufacturing footprint and not the output of the cars they sell footprint.
Yes, but why do they all whine so much about improvements. Bunch of cry babies. But yes, I'm glad they are ahead of schedule and have shown that it is possible.
Good points. One is not going to get 37 KWh for only an extra $2k. But 25% better fuel mileage for only $2k more is pretty dang good. But that is still only about 30 mpg, but for an SUV, really good. However, I'm not sure I could buy any car again with an ICE engine. The pickup truck needs replacing, but I can't bring myself to buy an ICE truck, so I have to hope my current truck doesn't croak.
37 KWh battery, not 37 KW. What is the mpg/mpge estimate? Oh, right Lexus customers don't care about range, just the fact that they are driving a hybrid. But once again, kudos to Toyota for electrifying everything. That is a great car for the Lexus loyals.
Would be nice if they said how many kW their fast chargers are. I looked at their FAQ and their news releases. Apparently they assume their uses know this already or don't care. Or that it is there but I can't read.
The assumptions that truck and heavy truck usage will continue seems to be ignoring the electrification of their vehicles. Exceed transportation needs is an understatement. With the coming oil glut, not sure they will want to pump so much of it out of the ground.
I would think that all ICE cars will transition to hybrids much sooner than EVs cracking the 10% market share point. Hybrids save a lot of gasoline and with regenerative braking, the brake pad people are going to get lonely. I don't know anyone who has changed brake pads on their Prius yet. The addition of the electric motor and battery of the hybrid will become commonplace and people wont even think anything of it - that's my prediction.