Toyota CEO: the rapid transition to electric cars is fraught with "big problems"
At the same time, Toyota itself intends to invest $13 billion in the production of electric vehicles in the next 10 years, and the Japanese government plans to ban the sale of cars on internal combustion engines in the country by 2035.
The head of the Japanese concern Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda predicts the automotive industry will "collapse" if humanity continues to switch to electric vehicles as quickly as now. He expressed this opinion during his press conference, writes the Observer edition.
According to Toyoda, electricity will run out in Japan in the summer of 2021 if all cars suddenly become electric cars at once, and huge money needs to be invested in infrastructure - according to the head of the concern, this amount could be from 135 to 358 billion dollars.
Another problem, Toyoda said, is that electricity in Japan is generated by burning coal and natural gas, so switching to electric vehicles will not help achieve "zero emissions."
"The more electric cars we make, the more emissions we get. Do the politicians who are proposing to get rid of gasoline-powered cars understand this?" Said Toyoda, who is also the chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.
Interestingly, a week before the press conference of the head of Toyota, it became known that Japan intends to ban the sale of cars in the country on internal combustion engines by 2035. The decision stems from Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's October pledge to achieve "zero emissions" by 2050.
In addition, Toyota, the company that Akio Toyoda runs, is investing in electric vehicles itself and plans to invest $13 billion in it over the next 10 years.