Toyota thinks a hybrid car is almost as ‘clean’ as an electric car, but that’s not true

Toyota still strongly believes in the hybrid and does not plan to do without this engine in the next few years. The company doesn’t want to put all its eggs in one basket. It is justified by the fact that hybrid cars are quite similar to electric cars in terms of CO2 emissions.

It’s a fact: all manufacturers will have to go fully electric if they want to continue selling their cars in Europe. In fact, the marketing of new thermal vehicles in the territory will be prohibited from 2035, as voted by the European Commission. A deadline for which all automotive brands are gearing up. All? Not really, because some resist again and again.

Reasons to believe in the hybrid

This is particularly the case for Toyota. In fact, the Japanese company has always been a pioneer in the field of hybridization, in particular with its Prius first launched in 1997. Today, the manufacturer offers a wide range of models equipped with this engine, including the Yaris, Yaris Cross, Corolla and others C-HR and RAV4.

On the other hand, and until the launch of the bZ4X, the company did not offer any 100% electric car. A first attempt was not very successful, while the second went through an extensive recall campaign due to a problem with the wheels, which then came loose from the vehicle. Don’t worry, it’s all resolved.

As we know, Toyota never really believed in electricity, which would not necessarily be the only solution to reducing car-related CO2 emissions. A positioning maintained by the brand, which at the end of September confirmed its desire to continue its strategy, highlighting the hybrid, without leaving aside the other engines.

Brand boss Akio Toyoda in fact stated that ” playing to win means playing with all the cards in the deck“. For him, It is important to propose several alternatives, depending on needs. As a reminder, the company is also working on developing hydrogen engines, while marketing its Mirai since 2015.

A positive impact of the hybrid, really?

A few days ago, Sean Hanley, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Toyota Motor Australia spoke at the launch of the new Corolla. relayed by To drivethe latter reaffirms that Toyota is not opposed to battery electric vehicles“, but he still points out that ” we believe you need to have a diverse range of technologies to get there. The point is this: carbon is the enemy here, not the powertrain.“.

According to the brand’s calculations, three hybrid vehicles sold are “almost equal” to an electric car in terms of CO2 emissions. We may have serious doubts about this calculation, since, as the European Union reminds us, plug-in hybrid cars are much more polluting than we think, due to the weight of the battery that dramatically increases consumption over long distances.

Non-rechargeable hybrid cars, on the other hand, do not significantly reduce the fuel consumption of cars equipped with this type of engine.

The manufacturer’s spokesman also recalls that it is the only automaker whose hybrid models represent 30% of sales.

However, if Toyota is still reluctant to offer 100% electric models, the manufacturer will sooner or later have to comply with European Union requirements. Especially since it also wants to do away with plug-in hybrids.

But, in addition to its bZ4X, the company would be working on the development of another electric model, called bZ3. This would then be designed in partnership with Chinese giant BYD and carry a Blade-type LFP battery. A future version of the Tesla Model Y could also be equipped with it.

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