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: Toyota downplays value of plug-in cars

08-11-2007, 07:26 PM
TRAVERSE CITY -- Plug-in electric cars aren't likely the panacea they're being made out to be by a public eager for alternatives to the traditional gasoline engine, a Toyota Motor Co. engineer said on Friday.

A number of serious hurdles stand between current technology and the reality of getting plug-ins on the road, Justin Ward, an engineer with
Toyota's Advanced Technology Vehicles, said to an industry gathering at the annual Management Briefing Seminars. Even if the vehicles do make it to market, he said, data shows a battery-powered plug-in may be no more efficient in reducing carbon dioxide emissions than the gas-electric hybrids on the road today.

Ward's comments come amid reports that Toyota is delaying its next-generation electric car because of safety concerns, which Toyota didn't confirm. And they stood in contrast to one of General Motors Corp.'s
biggest mantras of late: that plug-ins are coming soon and the vehicles will significantly reduce auto-related pollution and U.S. fuel consumption.

"Everyone wants these benefits now. But as with any type of prototype activity, there are challenges and the challenges are real," Ward said

08-13-2007, 08:13 AM
I hope GM is not just hyping this stuff!

08-13-2007, 12:27 PM
I hope GM is not just hyping this stuff!

I'm familar with the Volt, and it isn't hype. I've seen many programs at GM that turn out to be hype (Buick Velite comes to mind...), but the Volt is not going that way. Production plans call for 100K units, $20-$28K price range, and the Prius is it's rival.

Another E-Flex vehicle is slated to arrive RIGHT after the Volt arrives. And many more after those two.